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Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history ranging from exhibitions and museum news, publications, and jobs

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now over 3500 members, in addition to regular readers. These range from museum and gallery curators, photographic academics, students, collectors, dealers and representatives from the photographic press from around the world. The blog provides a forum for news of events and happenings within the British photographic history community. This can include lectures or meetings, exhibition news, jobs, reviews and general news affecting collections of photographic material or individuals within the field. While the focus is on Britain it may, on occasion, include material that is of wider interest from Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia.

A summary of the previous week's posts is usually emailed to signed up readers each Monday. 

Dr Michael Pritchard

PS. Thanks to George Eastman House (now George Eastman Museum) and History Today magazine blogs for recommending British Photographic History as one of their own favourite blogs. The Daily Telegraph made BPH one of its photography websites of the week

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Talks: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre - spring term talks

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its spring term talks which will be online. Established in 2012, the Centre is an interdisciplinary group based in Birkbeck's School of Arts, led by Dr Patrizia Di Bello and Professor Steve Edwards. We aim to facilitate, exchange and showcase new and existing research on photography's…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 23, 2021 at 18:15

PhD studentship: Between the Home and the Factory: South Asian Heritage and Industrial Work, 1960-Present / closes 15 February 2021

The project offers an exciting opportunity for a student to study British South Asian heritage in relation to factory work, leisure and domesticity and their photographic representations, using the Black Country Visual Arts’ Apna and Punjabi Workers photographic archives.

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 23, 2021 at 18:02

Online event: Celebration of Stereoscopic 3D — Part the Second announced / 20-21 February 2021

Rachel Nordstrom from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, Victor Flores, from Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal, Denis Pellerin and Rebecca Sharpe, from the London Stereoscopic Archive, England, have once again joined forces to organise this free online Zoom event which is meant to be a celebration of Stereoscopic…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 23, 2021 at 17:57

A Very British Arcadia: Pan, Wicca and the English Gymnosophical Society.

Here's a piece I wrote on the Pam blog back in October. It touches on the Cult of Pan, Wicca and the English Gymnosophical Society.

A Very British Arcadia

Due, in part, to the censorship laws of the 1950s, photographers often sought to cloak their work in respectability, using Classical allusions in an attempt to validate…

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Posted by Wolfbait Books on January 19, 2021 at 12:00

Online seminar: Photography and the making of modern medicine in France (1860-1914) / 21 January 2021

A free online history of medicine seminar, organised by the University of Birmingham's IAHR is being held on Thursday, 21 January 2021 from 1730-1900. Dr Beatriz Pichel, senior lecturer in photographic history at De Montfort University, will present her paper Photography and the making of modern medicine in France (1860-1914) which examines how…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 17, 2021 at 17:12

Information request: Bertram Hutchings photographs

The donation of a large quantity of photographs and other records relating to Hutchings Caravans, and its founder Bertram Hutchings, to the Caravan and Motorhome Club Collection at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, in 2015  has prompted a call for help with identification. The Hutchings company was a maker of high-quality, bespoke, caravans…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 17, 2021 at 15:00

Postdoctoral research: the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology, and Magic Collections / closes 11 February 2021

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with the Science Museum Group, is offering a 0.2 FTE Postdoctoral Research Fellow position to work the project “The Media of Mediumship (TMM): Encountering the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology, and Magic Collections.” The Fellow will work in collaboration with Professor…

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2021 at 14:03

Grace Robertson OBE HonFRPS (1930-2021)

The British photographer Grace Robertson has died aged 90 years. She worked for Picture Post and was married to Thurston Hopkins and helped preserve his legacy. Her own as a humanist photographer is equally illustrious. 

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2021 at 22:00

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