EXETER's age-old symbol of endurance, St Stephen's Church, is to be seen as never before.
Using a newly-fitted HD projection system in the church, Exeter author Peter D Thomas will be showing unique images of the church and its immediate surroundings during the 20th and 21st centuries.
The images used to create the programme are all contained within The Isca Historical Photographic Collection, established in 1974.
It is Exeter's largest private photographic collection and will mark its 40th anniversary in 2014, with the presentation at the church leading up to major events for March next year.
The author will reflect on the value of archive photographic images and how they can give greater understanding of why the city looks the way it does today.
The programme of images on October 10 will centre on the church and its immediate area and show how the High Street used to look before the Second World War. Some of Exeter's most interesting and historic buildings that no longer exist will also be seen.
The quality and style of the city will be reflected, and some fascinating rare back-street scenes will also be on view.
Many will be aware of the bombing of the city in the Second World War and the effect of this can clearly be seen in the actual damage to the church of St Stephens.
Street views and aerial views will also assist in showing the scale of destruction inflicted by the Luftwaffe.
For the first time wartime paintings of the church just pre-war will be seen and are the work of John Rae.
The one-hour presentation will give the viewer an intimate insight as to how the church narrowly escaped total destruction, and relate to how the character of central Exeter has changed over time.
The church, built in the 1700s, continues to play an important role in the city and the presentation will highlight the building not only as a continuing community asset but also as a symbol of endurance.