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cfp: Under the dark cloth: Working with historic photography studio archives / 8 April 2017

A call for papers for a one-day symposium at Quad, Derby, to be held on Saturday, 8 April 2017 has been made. The symposium is being presented to coincide with the exhibition People, Places, and Faces: the W. W. Winter’s Archive, curated by Greg Hobson, which will be shown at Derby Museum during Format 2017. The symposium coincides with the 150th anniversary of Winter’s Studio which has been in operation at 45 Midland Road, Derby, in a purpose-built photographic studio since 1867.

The symposium will bring together a range of people working on studio archive projects including professional archivists, curators, artists, and volunteers.  The event will explore a range of studio archive projects in and beyond the UK and seek to develop a network to share skills, knowledge, and experience among those working in this field.  We are particularly interested in papers which describe and discuss the planning, funding, organisation and outcomes of these archive projects.


The call is for 20-minute papers for which an abstract of no more than 350 words should be submitted to Pete James: by 31 December 2016. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by a steering group and those accepted will be notified by 20 January 2017.


Proposals should include the following:

  • Title of paper or presentation
  • Abstract (max 350 words)
  • Your name
  • Institutional Status (if applicable)
  • Contact address and email


For further details on Winters’ Archive Project see:

The symposium is titled: UNDER THE DARK CLOTH: working with historic photography studio archives

Saturday 8th April 2017, from 11.00am-5pm

at Quad, Derby.

The event is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, PARC, The Royal Photographic Society, The Photography Collections Network, Quad, Format Festival, Derby Museum, W. W. Winter and The Art Fund.

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