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, which were the first (from 1900), and for a long time, the most popular mass market cameras in the world.
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 and national asset. A charitable trust has been set up, and fundraising is now beginning in earnest, with the aim of ensuring that the collection is maintained in St Monans, and open to the public on a regular basis.
We are planning to have an official launch of the fund-raising campaign on Wednesday, August 19th – World Photography Day. In the meantime, you can get more details about the collection and how to support the fund-raising effort to secure its future, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trust is now accepting donations via https://www.gofundme.com/f/jimmatthewcameracollection
It also has its own website: https://www.cameratrust.org/
The Jim Matthew Camera Collection Trust is a
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, SC050024