January's face

IMG_5933 copyHappy new year! The project’s pleased that the Arts & Humanities Research Council has used one of its photographs, taken by Shanghai-born Jack Ephgrave, as the first image in its desktop calendar for 2015.

This photograph of a woman’s face was one of a number of the BAT employee’s images that were showcased in an AHRC Online Gallery exhibition in 2013. We think it dates to about 1933. Plans are afoot for a modest display of photographs from Ephgrave’s collection, and others relating to Shanghai, in that city in early March this year.

The project has also just received for copying a rich collection from the family of William Charles Grant, an officer of the Shanghai Municipal Police who became the chief of its Ward Road Jail (now Tilanqiao Prison), one of the largest in the world by the 1930s.

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