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Impressions Gallery Archive to stay in Bradford

Following the announcement that part of the National Photography Collection is to be transferred to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Impressions Gallery confirms that the Impressions Gallery Archive will be staying in Bradford. 

The archive, of over 3,000 artworks and objects, is a significant repository that demonstrates the cultural impact of photography and the vital role that Impressions Gallery has played in raising the profile of the medium in the UK. The Impressions Gallery Archive will continue to be conserved in Bradford alongside other prestigious collections of international significance including the Kodak Collection and the Daily Herald Archive.

Whilst Impressions Gallery is disappointed that the National Photography Collection will be divided between Bradford and London, the Gallery recognises that in the current funding climate, difficult decisions have had to be made to ensure the National Media Museum’s future.

Impressions Gallery Director Anne McNeill said: ‘It has always been important to us that our archive remains as a key resource for photography research in the North of England. The decision to move part of the National Photography Collection to the V&A is just another example of national resources being taken from the regions and going to the capital. We will be sad to lose our valued colleagues and friends in any restructure, and will continue to support the Museum in Bradford’.

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