A photograph of the former Murrayville Garage from the Langley Centennial Museum’s collection. Submitted photo

New exhibit showcases the transition of Langley’s landscape

Centennial museum presents ‘Langley In Transition: Portraits of a Changing Municipality’ until May 27

  • Mar. 23, 2018 8:52 a.m.

In the age of digital photography, social media, and the selfie, we are inundated with images. But there is something about photographs from the past that almost magically connect us to a time and place, a home, a community and a memory.

The Langley Centennial Museum is looking at these connections to the past through photographs in their newest exhibit, Langley In Transition: Portraits of a Changing Municipality, on now until May 27.

Several aerial photos are available in the exhibit for the public to view, thanks to a collaboration between the museum and the Township of Langley’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Department.

These images go back to 1954 — before the freeway was constructed, before Langley Prairie left the municipality to become Langley City, before many large-scale developments and roads. These images are presented beside archival photographs from the museum’s permanent collection and contemporary photos displaying different locations in Langley “then” and “now.” They all speak to change, growth, adaptation and our ever-evolving imprint on the landscape.

The exhibit also features a film created by Ernie Sendall of Langley Prairie in the late 1930s and early 1940s, including footage of the Langley Greenhouses.

While looking back, staff at the museum are asking visitors to consider the future: what will our community look like? How will it grow and change? What will it be defined by, and how will its interests be served?

This in turn invites the question: what do we want tomorrow to look like?

The Langley Centennial Museum is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. We continue to be a home for our community history, and aim to connect people to the stories of the past while being a place to learn and share, remember and reflect.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

A photograph of the former Murrayville Garage from the Langley Centennial Museum’s collection. Submitted photo

A photograph of the what the Murrayville Garage is today from the Langley Centennial Museum’s collection. Submitted photo

Just Posted

Surrey Knights hockey team owners seek $250,000 for alleged discrimination

Claims have not been proven before BC Human Rights Tribunal

Eco-friendly school nets cash award from Staples and Earth Day Canada

Langley’s Walnut Grove Secondary one of two B.C. schools recognized in Superpower your School contest

Fort Langley’s boarded up buildings ‘filthy, unsightly,’ says health inspector

Eric Woodward says buildings will remain boarded up, following letter from Fraser Health

The Circus is coming to Aldergrove

Great Benjamins Circus is coming to thrill fans of high-wire derring-do in Aldergrove in May

VIDEO: Family asks for help finding remains of Surrey man missing for 10 years

Police suspect foul play in Kellen McElwee’s disappearance a decade ago

Could facial scans and fingerprints make you unhackable?

New biometrics capabilities could be a game-changer for those trying to get on your accounts

4-20: Pot activists continue their fight beyond legalization

Cannabis activists say there is still a lot to fight for beyond legalization

Comey memos: Trump talks of jailed journalists and ‘hookers’

A 15 page document written by former FBI Director James Comey about dealings with Trump is released to press

5 to start your day

Judge to rule on health of accused in Abbotsford stabbing, Vaisakhi kicks off in Surrey and more

UPDATED: Prince Charles to be next Commonwealth leader

Prince Charles to succeed his mother Queen Elizabeth II as head of the 53-nation alliance

U.S. team wins BC Hockey League championship for first time in 39 years

B.C. players help the Wenatchee Wild defeat Prince George in best-of-seven series

Robot caretakers could be in your future

If the idea of a sex robot made heads turn this week, what about a robot nurse at your bedside?

Woman sentenced to life in Valentine’s Day shooting plot at Halifax mall

An American woman has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for a decade

Countdown is on to the 2018 B.C. Summer Games

Cowichan Valley hosts on July 19-22

Most Read