James Speight was a well-known photographer working in Sutton Coldfield from 1902, but with a purpose built studio on The Parade which opened in 1908. He took many portraits of Sutton residents as well as some views around Sutton Coldfield. The studio closed when James retired in 1950. James came from a family of photographers who worked in various towns across the Midlands and John Frearson has been researching the Speight family for many years, with the support of the family’s descendants.
James Speight’s story will be told over two talks. This talk focus on setting the scene and exploring James's family background.