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BPH has learnt that Violet Hamilton, who worked closely with Michael G Wilson OBE in developing his collection of photography has died suddenly. Violet, an Australian by birth but a long term UK resident,  was a Senior Curator of the Wilson Centre for Photography, London, and a photographer in her own right, exhibiting her work. She lectured, was a researcher, historian and writer with a specialist knowledge on nineteenth century women photographers, in particular of the work of Julia Margaret Cameron. She wrote the text to Annals of My Glass House (1998) which used Cameron's photographs and contributed to many other publications or supported others in their research. 

Her funeral will take place on Thursday 17 July at 11am at Grantham Crematorium, Harrowby Road, Grantham. Lincolnshire, NG31 9DT with a gathering afterwards at Ellys Manor House, her and Clive's home.

No flowers, but donations may be made to: The Leaveners via the Funeral Director, Robert Holland, 14 St Catherine's Road, Grantham. Lincolnshire. NG31 6TS, tel: 01476 594422

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Comment by Alex Novak on August 29, 2014 at 18:44

Does anyone have a photo of Violet for the obit I have going up on I Photo Central in the next E-Photo Newsletter?  If so, please send by email to me at info@vintageworks.net .  Thank you.

Comment by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2014 at 15:55

Thanks, Pam. It's very sad, as she was always so full of energy and life whenever I met her. 

Comment by Pam Roberts on July 21, 2014 at 13:45

Violet's funeral was as beautiful as such a very sad occasion can be, organised by her partner Clive, her sister Patricia and niece Sarah to reflect Violet's tastes, interests & full life.  Thus music by John Lennon & Al Green rather than church hymns!  Those who were privileged to call her a friend will miss her very much.

Comment by Gael Newton on July 21, 2014 at 10:39

I was  delighted to meet up with Violet again in her eminent British curatorial avatar guise in London  after a break of  a decade or so having known the wonderful real wild child she was in  the heyday of the Sydney photoboom of the 1970s. Violet's wonderful voice and presence filled the room. It is sad news indeed as I was looking forward to a whole new side again as she prepared to investigate her own photoarchive.

Comment by Judy Annear on July 21, 2014 at 9:29

Im very sorry to hear this - I heard only a few days ago. Violet was one out of the box Judy

Comment by Joanne Lukitsh on July 18, 2014 at 1:44

Thanks for posting. Violet was a good colleague and friend. 

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