Young photographers learn from top professionals as they capture the historic Maison’s Dieu reawakening Photo: Copyright: Andy Aitchison

Young adults aged 16 to 25 are learning skills from top photographers and film makers as they document the transformation of Dover’s historic Maison Dieu (Dover Town Hall) as part of the Reawakening the Maison Dieu Heritage Lottery project.

Working with the Positive View Foundation and Maison Dieu engagement team, the photographers are being given special access to the building during a crucial phase of its redevelopment.

Participants will record building work in progress and the conservation of important heritage features, from oil paintings and carved stonework to the re-instatement of Victorian architect William Burges’ Neo-gothic decorative scheme.


Positive View have a great track record of transforming young people’s lives through the power of photography, with several ‘graduates’ going on to high-profile roles in the industry, including as a fashion photographer with Vogue magazine and a photographer with a national newspaper.

Participants will learn a wide range of film and photography skills – from fashion-shoots inspired by the costumes, hairstyles and make-up of the Maison Dieu’s impressive collection of historic portraits to a 360-degree photography masterclass to create a ‘virtual tour.’


There will be training in drone and portrait photography and the chance to build a ‘camera obscura’ to photograph rooftop views. Participants will also become ‘roving reporters’ to document the Maison Dieu’s busy outreach programme.

The workshops will finish with a prestigious exhibition in Dover to showcase the students’ work, which will also feature on the Maison Dieu website and in social media.

Further workshops are planned with a new intake of students in autumn 2023.

Applications are particularly sought from young people in the Dover district who are not in employment, education, or training.

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By Ed

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