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Event: Between Art and Information: Collecting Photographs

Between Art and Information: Collecting Photographs is a one-day meeting organised by the Museums and Galleries History Group and the Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University. It takes place on Saturday, 2 March 2013 and is open to students and the wider public. 

Attendees can register at:


Provisional Programme

9.45-10.15. Registration

10.15-12.45 Session 1  Photographs and Museum Practices

Simon Fleury (Victoria and Albert Museum), A Fitting Response? Positive Negative: An interdisciplinary and site-specific photography research project

Danielle Wilkens (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), No Flash Allowed

Mark Steadman (University of Leeds), Title tbc

Eleni Papavasileiou (SS Great Britain Trust), Private to public: the David MacGregor photographic collection

Anne Hodge (National Gallery of Ireland), The ‘p’ numbers: Photography in the National Gallery of Ireland – neglected and misunderstood

12.45-1.30 Lunch

1.30-3 Session 2: Photographs, Museums and Science

Christopher Morton (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford) Collecting portraiture, exhibiting race: Augustus Lane Fox’s photographs at the South Kensington Museum, 1879.

Sophie Defrance (Darwin Correspondence Project, University of Cambridge), Nineteenth century scientists' perception of scientific objects and aesthetics in Charles Darwin's correspondence

Caroline Cornish (Royal Holloway), Collecting Photographs, Constructing Disciplines: The Rationality and Rhetoric of Photography at the Museum of Economic Botany

3-3.30 Tea

3.30-5 Session 3: Photographs and Histories in the Museum

Gareth Syvret (DMU), Photography in Jersey under German Occupation: the 1940 ‘Order Concerning Open-air Photography’ and photography at the Société Jersiaise Museum

Athol McCredie (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa), From Them to Us: Changing Meanings of Photographs of Maori at Te Papa

Caroline Edge (Bolton Museum/University), Looking for Bolton in the Worktown Archive

Damarice Amao (Paris Sorbonne), Collect and preserve negatives: the Eli Lotar collection at the Centre Georges Pompidou

5.15pm Finish

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