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Michael Pritchard's Blog – December 2011 Archive (8)

PHRC free seminar programme: Spring 2012

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre's free seminar programme for Spring 2012 has been announced: 


Spring 2012


Tuesdays 4 – 6pm

Edith Murphy Building 5.15

De Montfort University, Leicester

January 17th

Simon Fleury (Victoria and Albert Museum)

‘Positive Negative: a work in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 29, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

1892 Tower Bridge photographs rediscovered

A previously unknown cache of of photographs showing the construction of London's Tower Bridge in 1892 has been discovered the Mail online reports. The unique pictures, dating back to 1892, document the construction the iconic bridge, which at the time was a landmark feat of engineering nicknamed ‘The Wonder Bridge’.

The discarded pictures, which were…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 25, 2011 at 20:00 — No Comments

Janet Burnett Brown

Janet Mary Burnett Brown the great, great, granddaughter of William Henry Fox Talbot and the last of the Talbot family to live at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, Talbot's home  died peacefully on Wednesday 14th December 2011, aged 84. The funeral service will take place at St Cyriac's, Lacock on Thursday 29 December at 2.30pm. No flowers but donations to St Cyriac's Church, Lacock PCC.

The Times newspaper carried a death notice on 21 December. 

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 23, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

BPH photography website of the week

The UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper made the British Photographic History blog one of its photography websites for the week of 17 October 2011. Click here to see more. BPH is not a commercial site and relies on its contributors to make it a success. Thank you to everyone who is signed up or posted material over the past year.  

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 21, 2011 at 16:30 — No Comments

MediaSpace budget

The Guardian blog noting Colin Philpott's departure from the National Media Museum in April also quotes the British Journal Photography's freedom of information request: of a draft budget of £4 million, only £405,835 had so far been spent. 

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 15, 2011 at 12:35 — No Comments

NMeM Director Philpott to leave in April 2012

Colin Philpott is to step down as Director of the National Media Museum in the Spring. He has decided he wants the opportunity to pursue long term and creative projects beyond the National Media Museum which include the publication of a book in Autumn next year. 

Colin has been Director of the National Media Museum since 2004. During this time a number of major…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 15, 2011 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

John Myers and the 1970s

An interview with John Myers, discussing his photography practice from the 1970s and the current Middle England exhibition at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham - with thanks to Pete James for the information.

John Myers - Middle England from Ikon Gallery on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2011 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Roger Fenton & Julia Margaret Cameron: Early British Photographs from the Royal Collection

Photographs by two of Britain’s most accomplished photographers of the nineteenth century: Roger Fenton (1819-69) and Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79) are on display at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, from 15 December to 1 April 2012. Some were commissioned by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, others purchased directly from the photographer. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2011 at 16:48 — No Comments

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