A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition focusing on those who have lived and worked along the River Wye is to open in Hereford.

The exhibition at Hereford Archives and Record Centre in Rotherwas will feature newly-commissioned portraits alongside historic images.

It is the culmination of a year-long oral history project from Herefordshire Lore.

Last summer a team of interviewers travelled the length of the Wye in Herefordshire, recording the stories of people who have lived, worked, and played in, on or beside the river.

A collection of memories, photographs and artefacts of the Wye has been collected from ferrywomen, boatmen, boat-builders, swimmers, rowers, anglers, bailiffs, poachers, and more.

Project manager Marsha O’Mahony said: "We are grateful to Heritage Lottery Players and Hereford City Council for making this project possible.

"There is an urgency to ensure voices of ‘ordinary’ people on the River Wye have their place in history and we think this project goes some way to achieve this."

River Voices: Stories from the Wye is at HARC, Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas, Hereford, from May 23 to June 29. For further information contact: riverwyevoices@gmail.com

A book with the same title is due to be released in September