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



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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now almost 3000 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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Edward Scott, Photographic Attendant to Clementina Hawarden, 1861

Ever come across Edward Scott? He is listed in the 1861 census as one of the (many) servants in the Hawardens’ London household. His role is listed as “Photographic Attendant.” His age is given as 19 and his birthplace as Ireland.

Any idea who he was? I assume that he would have gone to work (and live) with Hawarden on the recommendation of an associate in the Photographic Society. Perhaps he went on to work in a studio after her death in early 1865.

Another point: I wonder how…


Posted by Virginia Dodier on April 18, 2018 at 22:30

Reflections On A Glass Plate: Photography and Archive Centre Symposium

Glass plate negatives are found in many collections in museums, libraries and archives. This half day event is aimed at heritage professionals or anyone with responsibility for these collections, who are looking to undertake projects with these materials for the first time. The event will offer introductions…


Posted by Kath Shawcross on April 18, 2018 at 20:30

Job: Freelance curator - Hidden Histories of rural north Devon: Opening up the Beaford Archive

Beaford Arts has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out a major conservation and digitisation exercise that will curate and publish online around 10,000 unseen images that together illustrate the late 20th Century social history of rural north Devon. It is seeking a freelance curator for the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2018 at 20:01

Job: Head of Membership and Fundraising / Martin Parr Foundation

The Martin Parr Foundation was formed in 2014. The aim of the Foundation is to support and promote photography from the British Isles and with this it:: 

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2018 at 8:14

Exhibition: John Thomson and his photography in Asia / until 22 June 2018

The first London exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in Asia will be shown from 12 April-22 June 2018 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Thomson’s photography of China, Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia was widely praised by his peers and continues to enthuse new…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 16, 2018 at 8:15 — 2 Comments

Film premiere and seminar day: British Photography from the 1970s / 20-21 April 2018

The Martin Parr Foundation is presenting a programme of events, over the course of two days, celebrating and exploring British photography from the 1970s. The world premier of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, produced and directed by Grant Scott and Tim…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:44

Job: Archive Manager, Autograph ABP

Autograph is looking for a Full Time Archive Manager to help it undertake a programme of work to catalogue and care for its unique photographic collection as well as assess the potential to achieve accreditation.

The archive contains digital and analogue assets dating from the 1860s to current day and includes…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:34

Lantern slides: Teaching Geography through Illustrated Lectures

Cambrdige University Special Collections has six textbooks published between 1910 and 1914. In October 1907 it hired the British artist Alfred Hugh Fisher to journey around the British empire…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:30


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