Finding Pike Ward: An Icelandic Adventure
A new exhibition devoted to Pike Ward, a Devon fish merchant, adventurer and keen amateur photographer, was opened recently by Ambassador Thordur Aegir Óskarsson at the Teign Heritage Centre in Teignmouth.
Pike Ward developed a groundbreaking relationship with Iceland at a pivotal point in its history in the late 19th and early 20 centuries. He worked in Iceland for 20 years and rose to prominence in its fishing industry and was eventually awarded the Cross of the Order of the Icelandic Falcon.
The exhibition came about as a result of the discovery of some photograph albums in the Westcountry Studies Library collection, the significance of which hadn't previously been appreciated. Ward's photographs document the everyday life of ordinary people in the fishing industry, as well as middle class merchants, landscapes, life at sea, picnics with friends, and explorations and adventures all over the country.
This set in motion a project to catalogue, research and digitize the albums, overseen by Katherine Findlay, Devon Remembers Heritage Project Officer, and volunteers and staff from the Devon Heritage Centre and Teignmouth, Ward's hometown.
Pictured above from left: Mayor of Teignmouth, Councillor Paul Burgess, Ambassador Thórdur Aegir Óskarsson, Lou Bagnald, curator, Katherine Findlay, Devon Remembers Heritage Project Officer. Photo credit: Viv Wilson.
Teign Heritage Centre
29 French Street
Teignmouth TQ14 8ST
July 27 - September 10 2017
The exhibition is supported by the Egill Skallagrimsson Fund with additional support by the National Museum of Iceland.