The exhibition is of 40 plus photographs of rural life in Ceylon in the early 20th century from the E A Hornel photographic in the archives in the house and studio of E A Hornel’ s home and studio that is now in the custody of the National Trust for Scotland. Around 200 images were taken in Sri Lanka in 1906/7 when Hornel was visiting his brother – a colonial administrator. The photographs served as an aide-memoire/source of inspiration, for the Scottish artist.


The exhibition is curated by trustee, Ismeth Raheem. Dates to be confirmed. 

The exhibition is a collaboration between the National Trust for Scotland, who provided the photographs and the National Trust - Sri Lanka that was facilitated by the International National Trusts Organisation.

The British Council, Sri Lanka has provided funding for the exhibitions in Jaffna, Kandy, Galle and Matara.

Fringe events including discussions on topics relating to the three themes of the exhibitions, namely pearl fishers, tea and portraits will be held during the exhibition in each city.

About the National Trust for Cultural and Natural Heritage

The National Trust for Cultural and Natural Heritage or the National Trust – Sri Lanka, as it is commonly known, is a national not-for-profit association, instituted to protect and raise public awareness off the tangible and intangible heritage of the island, which is not protected by an institution of the Government. Founded in 2005, it is a member of the International National Trusts Organisation, which is an association of similar national trusts in over 40 countries across the world.

The work of the National Trust - Sri Lanka includes conversations and public awareness activities – this exhibition is one such activity.