A Village Lost and Found

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A Village Lost and Found
Cover image
Author Brian May and Elena Vidal
Illustrator T. R. Williams
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Photography
Publisher Frances Lincoln
Publication date
22 October 2009
Pages 240 (with 560 photographs)
ISBN 978-0-7112-3039-2

A Village Lost and Found: Scenes in Our Village by T. R. Williams is the full title of a book released in 2009 by Brian May and Elena Vidal. The book is an annotated collection of stereoscopic photographs taken by the Victorian era photographer T. R. Williams. It is sold with an OWL focussing stereoscope designed by Dr. May.

Overview and origins[edit]

Thomas Richard Williams (1824–1871), commonly known as T. R. Williams, was one of the early English pioneers of the techniques for taking stereoscopic (three-dimensional) photographs. In 1856 he published Scenes in Our Village, a series of 59 stereoscopic photographs depicting life in a rural English village. At the time of publication Williams did not disclose the location of the village.

Co-author Brian May (best known for being the guitarist of the band Queen and for his work in astrophysics) became an enthusiast of stereoscope photographs as a child, and first encountered the work of T. R. Williams during the late 1960s.[1] In 2003 May announced a search in order to identify the actual location of the Scenes in Our Village images. In 2004 May reported that he had identified the location as the village of Hinton Waldrist in Oxfordshire.[2]


  1. ^ Tim Masters (21 October 2009). "3D? It's a kind of magic, says Brian May". BBC. Archived from the original on 22 October 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Brian May (1 April 2004). "New light on T.R. Williams: "Our Village" found at last!". Stereoworld magazine. Retrieved 23 October 2009. 

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