Wednesday 18th March 2020 – 19:00 to 21:00 at BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU
Author James Parry explores the life of pioneering bird photographer Emma Turner, who captured remarkable images of Norfolk’s rare birds.
Emma Turner (who died in 1940) was famous in the ornithological circles of her day for her outstanding photographs and impressive fieldcraft. She was particularly associated with the Norfolk Broads, specifically Hickling, where she obtained pictures of some of the rarest marshland birds, often at the nest. In his talk, author James Parry, highlights the importance of this remarkable pioneer, including her joint discovery in 1911 that Bitterns were once again breeding in Britain and the two memorable seasons she spent as tern-watcher – “the loneliest woman in England” – on remote Scolt Head.
Turner wrote and illustrated several books with her images, but succumbed to blindness in later life and the location of what must have been a vast personal archive of photographic material remains unknown. Just a handful of her photographic plates and slides survive, held in the BTO archive in Thetford. James will explain how he and co-author Jeremy Greenwood have pieced together an assessment of Turner’s life and achievements. Material from the Emma Turner archive will also be on display.
Doors open at 7pm and the talk will begin at 7.15pm. Refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) will be provided.