Exhibition on the Photography of Mary Alice Young
This exhibition features one hundred images taken from the photographic collection of Mary Alice Young, Galgorm Castle. The photographs will be on display at PRONI from 20 February to 7 April 2023.
Mary Alice Young’s photographs and negatives were transferred to PRONI by her daughter in 1975. The images were safely stored at PRONI for over 45 years until they were rediscovered by Mary Alice’s great-grandson, Christopher Brooke. Thanks to the work of PRONI staff in restoring, digitising and cataloguing the negatives, over one thousand of Mary Alice’s photographs are made available to the public for the first time.
Mary Alice Young began taking photographs in 1890, and over a 20-year period, she captured snapshots of her family in Galgorm Castle, her travels around Ireland, and rural life in Ballymena. The exhibition, With An Artist’s Eye, displays a representative sample of one hundred images from Mary Alice Young’s diverse collection.
This exhibition will run until 7 April 2023. It was developed through a collaboration between PRONI, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Mary Alice Young’s great-grandchildren, Christopher Brooke of Galgorm Castle and his sister, Juliana Grose.
A BBC Imagine documentary, The Lost Photographs of Mary Alice Young, was made about the rediscovery and restoration of Mary Alice’s negatives at PRONI. This documentary was broadcast on Sunday 29 January and is now available to view on BBC iPlayer.