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Elizabeth Edwards is Research Professor of Photographic History

De Montfort University, Leicester, has appointed Dr Elizabeth Edwards as Research Professor in Photographic History. She joins the De Montort team from her previous role as Senior Research Fellow at University of the Arts, London, on 1 June 2011. Her research interests are noted here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Eastman House plans

Although the following is a little outside of BPH's main areas of interest it does fall in to the category of material that is of wider interest... The Rochester, NY, City Newspaper carried a feature on Eastman House which looked at future plans. Details are Here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2011 at 14:47 — No Comments

NMeM seeks media buyer

The National Media Museum is to seek a new media planning and buying agency.

Working for both NMeM and the National Railway Museum a tender will be held to appoint a media agency with five applicants at least being offered the opportunity to go through to the next tender stage for the contract to work with the two museums. Both museums are based in Yorkshire, with The National Railway Museum located near York and The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 31, 2011 at 21:38 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: National Media Museum 2011-12 plans and future strategy revealed

BPH can reveal the strategic priorities and medium term plans for the National Media Museum (NMeM), Bradford. These are set within the context of a 15 per cent government grant-in-aid reduction for the period 2011–12 to 2014–15. This is alongside a capital allocation that has reduced by over…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2011 at 12:47 — No Comments

PhD Research Bursary: The Nature of Kodak Research

De Montfort University, Leicester, is offering a  PhD research studentship within the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC), an international leading multi-disciplinary research institute, to suitably qualified UK or EU students.

The researcher will investigate an aspect of his or her own choosing that will address ‘The Nature of Kodak Research’. The researcher will have access to our partner institutions with substantial Kodak holdings: the British Library, the University of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2011 at 9:00 — No Comments

Training: Preserving historic photographs - 20 May 2011

Photographic collections are found in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Their sensitivity to environmental conditions, and the speed with which images can deteriorate present special challenges. This one day training session is led by Susie Clark, accredited photographic conservator. It is aimed at those with responsibility for the care of photographic collections regardless of institutional context.

The day provides an introduction to understanding and identifying…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 17, 2011 at 20:50 — No Comments

eBay and C L Dodgson: a cautionary tale (UPDATED)

daguerreotype sold on eBay on 13 May for £3300. Under its cover glass was a typewritten label stating ‘Charles L. Dodgson / Christ Church 1858 (see illustration right)’. The case was gilt stamped with Claudet’s Adelaide Gallery address and had… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 16, 2011 at 7:00 — 5 Comments

Research Seminar with Charlotte Cotton - 23 March

Long-tailed-crowd-sourced-socially-enterprising-game-playing-platform-sensitive-open-sourced-world. Charlotte Cotton is the creative director of the Media Space - a partnership between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum that will open in London in 2012.

Charlotte Cotton began her curatorial practice in the early 1990s, at the start of a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Early RAF Henlow photos discovered

An appeal has been launched after a donation of near 90-year-old negatives depicting the construction of one of  RAF Henlow airbase. A base spokesman said: “We would dearly like to reunite these rare photographic examples and bring the whole collection together. We are appealing to you to search your attics or your garden sheds to see whether you can help us to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2011 at 7:18 — No Comments

Sixth Annual Annan Lecture

The Sixth Annual Annan Lecture will take place on Thursday 24 March 2011 at 6pm in the Jeffrey Room, Mitchell Library, Glasgow. John Hume, Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, will talk about Unknown Scottish Photographers - the role of the works photographer. 

The events has been organised by the Scottish Society for the History of Photography  /

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 9, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer,1908-74

Ida Kar died alone of thrombosis and penniless in a Bayswater bedsit in 1974, surrounded by boxes of negatives worth £50,000. Her funeral was a quiet affair, in stark contrast to the publicity attracted by an exhibition of her work fourteen years earlier.

Russian-born and of Armenian parentage, Kar arrived in Britain in 1945 with her second husband, Victor Musgrave, an art dealer. He founded Gallery One and the couple became a celebrated part of London’s post-war…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2011 at 12:55 — No Comments

Friese Greene carte-de-visite sold on eBay

A carte-de-visite purportedly showing Helene Friese Greene, the wife of photographer and pioneer British cinematographer William Friese Greene, was sold on eBay yesterday for $371. The buyer is not known. The back of the carte was printed with Friese Green's Bath studio address which dates it to c1875. The item can be seen here:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

Obituary: George Courtney Ward, aged 93 years

The Bournemouth Echo reported that photographer George Courtney Ward has died. Courtney Ward who died at his home in Westbourne on Tuesday, February 15, aged 93, photographed some of the most famous names in cinema during his 30 years working at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Alec Guinness and Kenneth…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 26, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Michael G. Wilson: 'a one man photography council'

The Financial Times carried an extensive interview with Michael G Wilson which touched on his role as a collector, chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Awards, Trustee of the National Media Museum, the museum's London presence and photography expert for the Art Fund. Read it here:

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 26, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Workshop: Researching Photographic History

The Royal Photographic Society and Birmingham Central Library are holding a practical workshop on researching photographic history on Saturday, 5 March 2011. Amongst the formal presentations will be others from active researchers in the field presenting aspects of their own research.

Researching photographic history is of interesting to many different historians not least of which are genealogists. The day will offer practical advice about undertaking research into all aspects of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2011 at 15:20 — No Comments

National Media Museum's visitors numbers fall 12%

The National Media Museum saw its visitor numbers drop by more than 12 per cent last year, a report revealed today. Figures compiled by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions show the museum attracted 526,914 visits – a drop of 12.8 per cent compared to 2009. This follows an 18 per cent drop in 2009 to 613,923 from 2008.

Museum director Colin Philpott said factors such as the Imax cinema closing for maintenance affected numbers but a great deal was still achieved by the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

NPG Hoppé and Kar events

The National Portrait Gallery has a number of events connected with its two photographic exhibitions the first dealing with E O Hoppé is open now and the next on Ida Kar opens in March. The events are summarised below but see the NPG website for more information and to book ( In my experience events tend to fill up quickly so I would recommend early booking in order to secure a place.




Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2011 at 9:08 — No Comments

Bradford's London presence is now called Media Space

Greenway Associates has reported that it is now working with the Science Museum, London in partnership with the National Media Museum, on Media Space a substantial exhibition and events space in London. The space offers not only a re-presentation of NMSI’s photography, film, and television collections, via temporary exhibitions and new programming, but also a space that is physically and programmatically geared towards adults and visitors coming to the South Kensington site. This is the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2011 at 6:41 — No Comments

J B B Wellington archive revealed on BBC's Antique Roadshow

As noted here ( the BBC's Antiques Roadshow programme featured an item of photographic interest in this evenings programme. A descendent of J B B Wellington brought along a selection of photographs and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 20, 2011 at 21:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: London Street Photography opens 18 February

Street photographs are at the heart of our understanding of London as a diverse and dynamic capital. They are characterised by an element of chance – a fortunate encounter, a fleeting expression, a momentary juxtaposition, capturing an ever-changing city.

This major new exhibition at the Museum of London showcases an extraordinary collection of London street…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2011 at 20:05 — 4 Comments

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