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People are being asked for their help in identifying these photographs of past Stamford mayors which date back as far as 1849.

A heritage group has been set up at Stamford Town Hall to improve the heritage on offer and put more items on display by bringing some items out of storage and displaying again some of the paintings and exhibits it received back from Stamford Museum, which closed in July 2011.

During recent development work at Stamford Town Hall the Heritage'Committee Museum Working Group has discovered several very ancient photographs of past Stamford Mayors, believed to date from the late 1800s

During recent development work at Stamford Town Hall the Heritage'Committee Museum Working Group has discovered several very ancient photographs of past Stamford Mayors, believed to date from the late 1800s

During this work, the group has discovered several artefacts hidden in the attic including these four photographs of past mayors.

The group has a complete list of mayors but is struggling to marry up the names with the faces.

Group member Dianne MacKenzie-Ross said: “There’s still a lot of families who are born and bred in Stamford who may be able to identify their descendants.

“We may not get anybody come forward but we thought it would be worth a shot.”

Dianne said the originals can be viewed, which will be properly stored in the town hall’s archives.

Eventually it is hoped all the exhibits, books and archives belonging to the town council will be included in a database, which will be accessible to researchers, historians and tourists.

Along with the old photographs, a copy of an ancient mezzotint was also found bearing a hand-written inscription on the mount ‘Willem Wissing Dutch artist who is buried in Stamford’. The original is on display in the National Portrait Gallery.

Anyone with information on the photos can call Dianne on 01780 753527 or e-mail keith.dianne@tiscali.co.uk.