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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 into the history of the format, its care and conservation, and…


Posted on April 18, 2018 at 20:30

Digitisation and the Question of Retouching

The opportunity to digitize a collection such as ours is an amazing thing. It allows for material of local and national interest to be preserved for posterity and to be shared on the internet with a whole world of people who would otherwise have no access to such a unique collection. For us, as researchers of the sitters and places depicted, it enables the access and…


Posted on January 12, 2016 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

The Case of The Mysterious Roving Moustache

We'd appreciate comments and suggestions regarding this mystery.

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 14:42

Blog: Digitising the Collection: From Cellar to Hard Drive

Starting a digitisation project completely from scratch has its challenges but it also has a great number of advantages, not least being given the opportunity to thoroughly understand the reasons for digitising the collection and being able to research and think through the workflow and methodology in advance to make…


Posted on May 12, 2015 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

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At 3:37 on April 23, 2018, David Malin said…


I noted your post on British Photographic history about the Reflections On A Glass Plate symposium.

I'm a retired astronomer, living in Australia, so it's unlikely I'll be there on May 17 -- incidentally the BHP page does not have a date for the event. However, you may care to know that astronomers were early users of glass plates after the dry plate was invented, and continued to use them until the late 1990s. As a consequence there are several large archives of plates around the world, some representing a 100 years of observations.

I used plates from 1975 until ~1997, and made the first 3-colour images from the using a variation Maxwell's additive 3-colour process.

In the UK I'm aware of the UK Schmidt archive at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, which contains ~20,000 14 inch-square plates, the last taken in 2002. I no longer have a contact there, but you might like to to let them know about your meeting.

Regards .. .. David Malin <>


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