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Archive: Helen Muspratt goes to the Bodleian

The Helen Muspratt archive has been the subject of various BPH blogs in the past, most recently in connection with the upcoming Photo Oxford Festival exhibition Women & Photography: Ways of Seeing & Being Seen. Jessica Smith, Muspratt's daughter, writes to say that Oxford's Bodleian Library has accepted the gift of the Helen Muspratt Archive. This consists of over 2000 original prints, 30 old biscuit tins of negatives covering almost 30,000 sittings from her Oxford studio, and numerous documents and letters.

The Bodleian has decided to celebrate the gift with an exhibition of the work in the newly refurbished Weston Library.  The exhibition will be accompanied by a book of Muspratt's photographs and there will also be an online lecture.

The exhibition will be part of the Festival which will also host an online conference: Let us now praise Famous Women: Discovering the work of female photographers on 24 October when Jessica will give a talk on how she researched her book and assembled the archive. Other speakers include: Val Williams, Erika Lederman, Jessica Sutcliffe, Patrizia Di Bello, Deborah Cherry, Fiona Rogers, Max Houghton and Anna Fox. 

See: https://sites.google.com/view/photooxford2020/whats-on/exhibitions

and the conference: https://sites.google.com/view/photooxford2020/whats-on/events

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