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NEW! In May this year we launched a Matlock Bath live web cam. View it from the link on our links page.


Sorry to say, the Life in a Lens Museum of Popular Photography is now closed. After 17 years, we have decided to sell the building and move on. Thank you to all who came to see it.

The museum is situated in our Victorian building (shown below) dating from 1861, which we renovated especially for the purpose and we have encouraged a Victorian ambiance throughout. Many visitors enjoy this aspect for its own sake and we now have a growing display of mannequins in vintage dress from the Victorian and Edwardian periods to add even greater depth to the atmosphere. A panoramic sample can be seen via the following pages, along with other items of interest.

Life in a Lens has proven very popular among the more discerning visitors to the scenic, historic and currently undervalued village of Matlock Bath - once known as the 'Gem of the Peak' - but surely, given the resurgence of enthusiasm for all things of period interest, it is never far away from the promise of regaining that title.

Life in a Lens 118, North Parade, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3NS Tel: 01629 583325
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Illustrations and graphics: Copyright Peter Hague Concept - Design - Art Direction