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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Publication: Photography and the 1851 Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, held in London from May to Ocbober of 1851, was the genesis of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Published to accompany the opening of the V&A Photography Centre, this book makes extensive use of the V&A collections and archival material related…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2018 at 7:27

Archive: Boots the Chemist

Boots Archive are delighted to announce the second phase release of the online catalogue of the Walgreens Boots Alliance archive collections. This digital resource, which launched in 2017 has been supported by the Wellcome Trust, through their Research Resources programme. The archive includes phootgraphy and material…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2018 at 16:49

Event: John Thomson: pioneer of travel photography / London, 15 October 2018

In this lecture Deborah Ireland explores how the Royal Geographic Society's first instructor in photography, John Thompson, applied images to the science of geography, to guide and influence a new generation of travellers. Thomson had a career as a photographer in…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2018 at 16:40

V&A Photography Centre opened to the public today

The first day open to the public was a busy one for the V&A Museum's new Photography Centre as the pictures here show. Phase one of the Photography Centre more than doubles the space dedicated to photography at the V&A, spanning four new galleries. It opens with the major display Collecting…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:30

Workshop: Van Dyke Brown Workshop / London: 30 October + 24 November 2018

Make exquisite rich brown images using this 19th century print technique.  Lead by photographic artist Catriona Gray who specialises in alternative processes, this short, three-hour workshop,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:08

Auction: Cottingley Fairies image realises £15,000+BP

An image of Alice and the Fairies taken in 1917 by Elsie Wright, and one of the hoax photographs known as the Cottingley Fairies sold for £15,000 (plus 20% buyer's premium) at Dominic Winter auctions on 4 October. 

First in the series of five Cottingley Fairies photographs, a hoax…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:04

Cavendish and Monde Laboratoires.

Colleagues and friends who will have seen David Haynes notification drawing attention to the new addition of historical photographic images to the Cambridge digital Library, might be unaware of the threat hanging over the Cavendish and Monde Laboratories where scientific research and experiments took place over a…

Posted by michaelg on October 10, 2018 at 16:00

Brian Griffin - POP

The sixth 'Photography on Screen' work by Street Level Photoworks for Regional Screen Scotland.

Posted by John Farrell on October 7, 2018 at 14:00


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