Jim Matthew was an avid collector who amassed an amazing array of cameras and related memorabilia. At the heart of his collection were his most prized possessions – Kodak Brownies.
He had almost every model ever made – hundreds of them. He also had other thematic collections, such as stereoscopic and 3D cameras and viewers, and East European models, including many that were rare in the West.
He travelled the world with his work, and bought cameras wherever he went. It was a private collection, but was opened occasionally for public viewing, for example, during the St Monans Community Arts Festival. After his death, the collection was in danger of being broken up, but now there is a plan to rescue and keep it as a community asset. A charitable trust is being set up, and fundraising will soon begin in earnest, with the aim of ensuring that the collection is maintained in St Monans, and open to the public on a regular basis.