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Job: Property Curator, Lacock / closes 14 February 2021

The Fox Talbot Museum will no longer have a specialist curator for the first time since the museum's opening in 1975 as the National Trust recruits for a more general Property Curator for its Lacock portfolio. This includes the Fox Talbot Museum and Abbey and three other Trust properties close to Lacock. The role replaces Roger Watson who retired as Fox…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 26, 2021 at 20:00 — No Comments

Royal Geographical Society collections receive support and support new research

The Royal Geographical Society with IBG, is partnering with Wiley Digital Archives (WDA) on an extensive digitisation programme of substantial parts of the pre-1945 Collections.

As part of its mission to undertake research on the Collections and to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 26, 2021 at 7:30 — No Comments

Event: 15 Minutes of Fame with NPG London, Scotland and Australia / 28 January 2021

Delve into the lives, loves and labour of the world’s most prominent portrait galleries in this international conversation series. From curatorial decisions to art handling, exhibition design to major events, favourite portraits to the creative copy they command – this is your chance to go behind the scenes for insights into global gallery…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 26, 2021 at 7:08 — No Comments

Talks: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre - spring term talks

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its spring term talks which will be online. Established in 2012, the Centre is an interdisciplinary group based in Birkbeck's School of Arts, led by Dr Patrizia Di Bello and Professor Steve Edwards. We aim to facilitate, exchange and showcase new and existing research on photography's…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 23, 2021 at 18:15 — No Comments

PhD studentship: Between the Home and the Factory: South Asian Heritage and Industrial Work, 1960-Present / closes 15 February 2021

The project offers an exciting opportunity for a student to study British South Asian heritage in relation to factory work, leisure and domesticity and their photographic representations, using the Black Country Visual Arts’ Apna and Punjabi Workers photographic archives.

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 23, 2021 at 18:02 — No Comments

Online event: Celebration of Stereoscopic 3D — Part the Second announced / 20-21 February 2021

Rachel Nordstrom from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, Victor Flores, from Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal, Denis Pellerin and Rebecca Sharpe, from the London Stereoscopic Archive, England, have once again joined forces to organise this free online Zoom event which is meant to be a celebration of Stereoscopic…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 23, 2021 at 17:57 — No Comments

Online seminar: Photography and the making of modern medicine in France (1860-1914) / 21 January 2021

A free online history of medicine seminar, organised by the University of Birmingham's IAHR is being held on Thursday, 21 January 2021 from 1730-1900. Dr Beatriz Pichel, senior lecturer in photographic history at De Montfort University, will present her paper Photography and the making of modern medicine in France (1860-1914) which examines how…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 17, 2021 at 17:12 — No Comments

Information request: Bertram Hutchings photographs

The donation of a large quantity of photographs and other records relating to Hutchings Caravans, and its founder Bertram Hutchings, to the Caravan and Motorhome Club Collection at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, in 2015  has prompted a call for help with identification. The Hutchings company was a maker of high-quality, bespoke, caravans…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 17, 2021 at 15:00 — No Comments

Postdoctoral research: the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology, and Magic Collections / closes 11 February 2021

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with the Science Museum Group, is offering a 0.2 FTE Postdoctoral Research Fellow position to work the project “The Media of Mediumship (TMM): Encountering the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology, and Magic Collections.” The Fellow will work in collaboration with Professor…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2021 at 14:03 — No Comments

Grace Robertson OBE HonFRPS (1930-2021)

The British photographer Grace Robertson has died aged 90 years. She worked for Picture Post and was married to Thurston Hopkins and helped preserve his legacy. Her own as a humanist photographer is equally illustrious. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2021 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Dame Margaret Weston (1926-2021)

Dame Margaret Weston who was instrumental in the setting up of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in 1983 and was a pioneer for women in a male-dominated world as the UK's first female director of a national museum, has died aged 94 years.

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https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jan/18/dame-margaret-weston-obituary…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2021 at 8:30 — No Comments

Call for papers: Towards a social and cultural history of photographic image producers / deadline 30 April 2021

To what extent does the meaning of a photograph depend on social experience, industrial contingencies, the professional environment or the culture of its producers? This special issue of Photographica - from the Société française de photographie - aims to explore this question and thus extend the discussions initiated during a seminar at the EHESS in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 12, 2021 at 17:30 — No Comments

Event: Pictures of Nursing: Nurses and nursing on postcards 1890-1910 / 11 February 2021

What can picture postcards tell us about the history of nursing, and images and stereotypes of nursing over the years? Join historian Julia Hallam to find out more.

Pictures of Nursing is a travelling exhibition and digital resource curated by…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 8, 2021 at 18:59 — No Comments

Publication: Revival London 1989-1993 / Roy Mehta

Brent has a rich history of multiculturalism. Roy Mehta’s exquisite black and white photographs capture the daily rituals of its various communities, most notably the Afro-Carribean and Irish, engaged in seemingly simple activities at home, in the street and at church. Shot from 1989-1993, the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 8, 2021 at 18:19 — No Comments

VII Interactive. In Conversation: Photographers and Archives / from 7 January 2021

This series of three seminars considers the evolving importance of photograph archives.  Moderated by Paul Lowe, curators Alison Nordström and Hilary Roberts will draw on their vast professional experience to consider how archives are created, what is involved in maintaining them for…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2021 at 21:03 — 3 Comments

Television: documentary reveals new photographs of 1890s Highlands railway construction

A new BBC ALBA documentary to be transmitted on New Year’s Eve reveals newly discovered photos taken during the construction of the railway line between Fort William and Mallaig from the late 1890s. Arguably one of the most spectacular railway lines in the world, this collection of over one hundred plates were unearthed in a sale in Cornwall in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 31, 2020 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Job: Junior photographer / digitising the Daily Herald collection / closes 10 January 2021

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is undertaking the digitisation of the Daily Herald Archive to greatly improve the public accessibility of this nationally important collection. We are therefore recruiting two Junior Photographers to start on the 1st February 2021 in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 31, 2020 at 10:46 — No Comments

Hyman Collection 2020 annual update

The Hyman Collection has published its 2020 annual update which can be read on its website. Of particular note is the availability of bespoke loans and exhibitions from the extensive collection and the establishment of the Hyman Foundation, a new charitable foundation to support photography in Britain.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 25, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

PhD studentship: The Migrant Eye: Reactivating the Photographic Past through Archives and Exhibitions

The University of Liverpool is offering a PhD studentship entitled 'The Migrant Eye: Reactivating the Photographic Past through Archives and Exhibitions in Liverpool and North West England'. It is supervised by Professor Michelle Henning and Dr Jordana Blejmar, both in the Department of Communication and Media.

This collaborative…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 20, 2020 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

PhD studentship: Amnesty, Archives, Activism: Photojournalism and the Development of Human Rights Media Campaigns in Britain since the 1960s / closes 3 February 2021

The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) has a long-standing reputation as a world-leading centre for innovative teaching and research. The following studentship is available: Amnesty, Archives, Activism: Photojournalism and the Development of Human Rights Media Campaigns in Britain since the 1960s. Supervisor and contact information to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 18, 2020 at 9:03 — No Comments

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