British photographic history

Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history

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



Bradford to the V&A

Started by Geoff Lowe on Wednesday.

Illustrated lectures and copyright

Started by David Edge Feb 1.

Prevalence of panchromatic film in the 1920s

Started by David Edge Jan 31.


Started by Lorayne Branch. Last reply by Marcel Safier Jan 18.

Museum changes name. 1 Reply

Started by N.M. Graver. Last reply by Michael Pritchard Jan 5.

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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are over 2500 members, in addition to many other regular readers. They 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 and general news affecting collections of photographic material or individuals within the field. BPH will also include relevant book and website reviews from time to time. While the focus is on Britain it may, on occasion, include material that is of wider interest from Europe, the United States and Asia.

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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Gems of Photographic Art by Frith

Greetings all. I am hoping somebody might be able to help me. I am trying to ascertain an accurate printing/publishing date for a photographic album produced by…


Posted by Steven Evans on February 6, 2016 at 21:00

Job: Collections Information Officer (National Media Museum)

Could you work confidently with historical artefacts, catalogues and collections in a museum or gallery setting? We are looking for a motivated individual who has relevant experience to join our Corporate & Collections Information team as a Collections Information Officer. 

The National Media Museum cares…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 5, 2016 at 18:29

Auction: Photography 1850-2000, Wednesday 7 April. Call for Entries

Dominic Winter Auctioneers now invites further entries for their spring Photography auction. We are still seeking good individual vintage photographs, both old and modern, and good Victorian and later albums, raw footage documentary films, vintage cameras, cased images, lantern slides,…


Posted by Chris Albury on February 5, 2016 at 13:00

ICON Photographic Materials Group – student bursary for ICON Conference 2016

The ICON Photographic Materials Group are pleased to announce that they will be providing funding for one student to attend the ICON Conference 2016 “Turn and Face the Change”. The bursary will cover the conference fee of £225 plus subsistence and travel expenses up to the value of £150.

To apply for funding…


Posted by Sarah Peacock on February 5, 2016 at 12:00

Impressions Gallery Archive to stay in Bradford

Following the announcement that part of the National Photography Collection is to be transferred to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Impressions Gallery confirms that the Impressions Gallery Archive will be staying in Bradford. 

The archive, of over 3,000 artworks and objects, is a significant…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2016 at 7:53

Livestream: Roger Watson, Curator, Fox Talbot Museum

Roger Watson, curator of the Fox Talbot Museum, is lecturing in the United States and can be seen in a livestream of his lecture on 4 February 2016 at 12.00AM GMT.

AAHD alumnus Roger Watson, BFA 1982, is a curator at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum, in Lacock, England, Britain's birthplace of photography.…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2016 at 15:08 — 2 Comments

National Media Museum changes direction as collections move to V&A London

An historic agreement between the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is set to create the world’s foremost collection on the art of photography according to a press release published by the V&A Museum.

  • World’s leading collection on…

Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2016 at 10:30 — 9 Comments

Job: Learning Programme Developer – Interactive Gallery

The National Media Museum is developing an exciting new interactive gallery, in keeping with its core mission to explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies and their impact…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2016 at 12:57


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