The Freda Barton Collection
We are custodians of the Freda Barton Collection of photographs. In 1977 a member of the Maidstone Camera Club was asked by a work colleague for help in bleaching out images from some old glass photographic plates as he wished to build a greenhouse. Realising their importance the 2000 plus plates were given to the Society. We have mounted many exhibitions of these photographs and the plates are lodged with Kent Archives, who have put them in digital format. Our total archive of photographs of the Malling area exceeds 5000 in number. Just a few of the Collection are shown here. Freda Barton was born in 1867 and lived in West Malling. She was a professional photographer from about 1905 until her death in 1940.