Progress of time: 1936, 2003, 2009 - Alvaston Library, A three stage then and now video.




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Published on Apr 16, 2009

"A truly unique way to see changes in time using three perfectly lined up images over 73 years"

Please view at "720p HD" and then click the Full screen icon.

This is one of my "Then and Now" photographs created as a video using the new HD option now available on YouTube. This allows widescreen high quality playback but please click on the "720p" link at the bottom of the video then click the Fullscreen icon otherwise you won't see the quality.

Then and now Description :
This presentation covers the exact same view in 1936, 2003 and 2009. It is a view of the original Alvaston Library on London Road, Derby.
Today the building that occupies this location is Lakeside community primary school which was completed in 2008.
The three images were taken..
1) Summer 1936
2) February 7th 2003
3) 2nd January 2009

I would like to thank Derby Museum & Art Gallery for allowing me to use the 1936 photograph, the other two years were taken by me.

You may find that you willl have to watch this a few times to spot all the smaller changes.
My video covers 73 years and yet in all that time those gate pillars have stayed exactly the same!

Notice that the two small Holybush trees either side of the gate are there in 1936 and have grown a lot by 2003 but they are removed by 2009.
The two trees either side DO survive and can be seen in all three photographs, getting taller in each one.

Because the photographs are higher resolution than the final video I have been able to use the pan/crop event in Sony Vegas 9 to zoom in and out of the scene, something which helps bring the images to life.

For an exact map location of the view click here :

Bird's Eye View of the area, during construction of the new school:

Google Street View, allowing you to see all around :

More information if you want it:
Alvaston library was founded in 1913 by the Carnegie UK Trust.
Designed by Arthur Eaton and was completed in 1916 but did not actually open until January 1920.
In 1972 it ceased to be a library, the library was relocated to Nunsfield House. The building was used as a store for Derby museum until 1978 when it was demolished.
In 2004 a new library opened at 1252 - 1254 London Road.

To view my Adobe Flash version of my original two stage then and now of this scene, visit my page here:

If you liked this "then and now" then you may like my Derby then and now section on my website where I have created page after page of them for you to enjoy..


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    • Ludovico Einaudi
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    • AntipodesMusicProductions, SME (on behalf of Sony Classical); LatinAutor, CMRRA, LatinAutor - PeerMusic, UMPI, Music Sales (Publishing), and 10 Music Rights Societies


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