New Corfield book to be launched at Ballymoney Town Hall

Click to download larger image of Corfield Book Launch

In 1959 K.G. Corfield, Ltd. came to Ballymoney and opened one of the most modern camera production plants in Europe. The success of this venture is described in John Lewis’s new book, Corfield Cameras – a History & Collectors Guide. Ballymoney Museum is delighted to host a launch for this publication at 2pm on Saturday 19th October.

Following on from the success of the museum’s last Corfield evening in October 2007, which saw a gathering of over ninety people including many former employees, author John Lewis has worked hard to put together more information on the company. He is delighted to launch the revised edition of his publication in the town that was home to the company and where he was made most welcome.

Come along for an enjoyable afternoon - hear John speak about the project and take the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book, for a special one day only discounted price of £8.95. See the museum’s Corfield collection, as well film footage of camera production at the factory and photographs of factory employees. Refreshments will also be served.

Find out about:
•    How the people of Ballymoney who were hired for the venture quickly gelled into a highly proficient production team.
•    Numerous memories of daily life as told by the employees.
•    How the Periflex 35mm cameras were a British triumph, and held their own against stiff European competition.
•    When suddenly faced with Japanese competition, how the plant swiftly adapted to other products, thus saving precious jobs.

It’s believed that Corfield were the only firm ever to produce cameras in the whole of Ireland, so Ballymoney has a unique role in our industrial history. 

The museum would be interested to hear from any former Corfield employees or camera enthusiasts who would like to come along and enjoy this event. If anyone has any Corfield equipment they would like to bring along to display on the day, please feel welcome to do so.

For further information and book purchases please contact Ballymoney Museum
T: 028 27660230
Town Hall, 1 Townhead Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6BE