Croydon Camera Club – Wratten Lecture 2024 ‘A Photographic Journey with Wildlife’

A Short History

The Wratten Company
The Wratten and Wainwright Company was formed in 1877 by Frederick Wratten and Henry Wainwright, barely 40 years after the birth of photography. The company opened a factory in Croydon in 1890 to manufacture and sell photographic supplies. Wratten had invented a new ‘dry’ plate method of producing photographs that was 15 times quicker than the old ‘wet’ plate method.

In 1906, Wratten, incorporated the company with his son and Kenneth Mees as owners.The company continued to innovate, eventually producing the world famous Wratten filters, which are still produced today by Kodak. The company was eventually taken over by Kodak in 1912 with Mees moving to New York to found Eastman Kodak Laboratories. Both Wratten and Mees had a long association with Croydon Camera Club.

The Wratten Lecture
The Wratten Lecture was instigated to commemorate Croydon and Croydon Camera Club’s long and illustrious association with the photographic industry and the contribution they made to the history of photography.

First held in the 1980s, The Wratten Lecture is given approximately every 2 years attracting well known photographers and commentators covering all aspects of photography.

Meeting details
Croydon Camera Club will be holding its flagship event, The Wratten Lecture, on Wednesday 17th April at Shirley Methodist Church.

The lecture celebrates the Club’s 135 year history and recognises the connection that the club had with the world famous Wratten filter company. The filters are still available today through Kodak, another firm with close ties to Croydon.”

Planning Report – April 2024

To find out the latest news on what is being planned in your local area, check out our latest Planning Report with up-to-date information on Planning Applications including developments in:

  • Addiscombe Road
  • Ash Tree Way
  • The Glade
  • Gladeside
  • Homer Road
  • Oak Way
  • Orchard Avenue
  • Orchard Rise
  • Round Grove and Wickham Road.

Also, take a look at the MORA Planning App, which gives you an easy way to track all the current and recent planning applications within the MORA area. It’s simple to use and free for you to access.

Voter ID Required to Vote at May 2 Elections

The Mayor of London and Greater London Assembly elections (GLA) will be held on 2 May 2024.

A photo ID is now required to vote in polling stations. Anyone who does not show a valid form of photo ID will not be able to vote.

What documents can you use as photo ID?

There are 22 acceptable forms of ID, including:

  • passports
  • driving licences
  • Older or Disabled Person’s bus passes
  • Oyster 60+ cards

You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy. The name stated on your ID must be the same name that you used to register to vote.

What if I don’t have photo ID?

You can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate, if:

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You need to register to vote before applying for a Voter Authority Certificate. The deadline to register to vote for the elections is Tuesday 16 April.

The deadline to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate before the May elections is Wednesday 24 April.

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Check you have the right ID in time for polling day. If you do not possess an accepted form of photo ID, apply for a Voter Authority Certificate as soon as possible.

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