Ridgmont Heritage Centre featured on BBC

Last Sunday, the BBC published an article: ‘Your pictures on the theme of “view from a window”’. The pictures show different snippets of life in the past and present, all over the world. Photographer Alison Wilkerson sent in a picture of her husband David posing through the ticket window in Ridgmont station heritage centre.

Photographer's husband pretending to give ticket through ticket window at Ridgmont Heritage Centre
Featured photograph by Alison Wilkerson, taken in Ridgmont Heritage Centre

This ticket window is part of the original ticket office from Ridgmont station, dating back to 1846. The building is currently celebrating its 175th anniversary year. Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership have lots more events planned this year to continue these celebrations.

Alison Wilkerson began her journey into photography after studying it at college. Over the years, she has worked as a freelance photographer and now focuses on pet grooming and photography in Stagsden. Alison took the picture during a tour of the heritage centre after enjoying lunch at our tea rooms, and said:

“I loved the way the window framed the image. One of my favourite films is ‘The Railway Children’.”

Alison was pleasantly surprised to find that the BBC featured her image when browsing the BBC website. Many of Alison’s images have featured her husband during lockdown, and he’s got used to her clicking away on her camera. David was rather surprised to find his picture on the BBC website, as Alison didn’t tell him before submitting the image!

“I said last night ‘My my, David you’re famous’. The reply was ‘what have you done now?’”

– Alison Wilkerson

Other photographs in the article range from the views from a seaplane over the San Juan islands of Washington, to the virtual view of ‘GoldfinchCam’ whilst working from home. We’re honoured that the article featured our heritage centre, and love the way it brings the history of the past into an article filled with so much life.