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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now nearly 4100 members, in addition to regular readers. These range from museum and gallery curators, photographic academics, students, collectors, dealers and representatives from the photographic press from around the world. The blog provides a forum for news of events and happenings within the British photographic history community. This can include lectures or meetings, exhibition news, jobs, reviews and general news affecting collections of photographic material or individuals within the field. While the focus is on Britain it may, on occasion, include material that is of wider interest from Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia.

A summary of the previous week's posts is usually emailed to signed up readers each Monday. 

Dr Michael Pritchard

PS. Thanks to George Eastman House (now George Eastman Museum) and History Today magazine blogs for recommending British Photographic History as one of their own favourite blogs. The Daily Telegraph made BPH one of its photography websites of the week

Join Philippe Garner, former Christie's and Sotheby's auctioneer, and photography expert, and Alessandro Nasini, Senior Curator of Photographs and exhibition curator of Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography, as they discuss how photography became accepted as fine art.

The discussion will be followed by an opportunity for guests to view the exhibition and your ticket will also include a glass of wine or soft drink to enjoy while you explore the gallery.

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12742894062?profile=RESIZE_400x The Bradford Telegraph and Argus newspaper has reported that the National Science and Media Museum will be re-opening to the public in January, in time for Bradford's 2025 year of culture. The museum closed in June 2023 and re-opening had been delayed until summer 2025 after some unforeseen major structural issues were uncovered. The museum will open with two major new £6…

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12737852284?profile=RESIZE_400x The forthcoming Bristol Photo Festival features a number of exhibitions that use archival material in its own right or to inform contemporary practice. Of particular note is the exhibition: Herbert Shergold: Now Keep Quite Still. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Herbert Shergold operated a commercial photography studio in Bristol to create highly stylised portraits of actors as…

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Over six weeks, this practical course explores what it means to archive collections today – working with physical and/or digital material. Course leader Kathryn Tollervey starts by exploring the need for an archive and who it is for. Then we look at guidelines on cataloguing and metadata, as well as the processes of digitisation and preservation for both digital and physical material. We discuss what digital solutions are best for different types of collections. Throughout the course we…

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Photography Database is a new implementation and major extension of work done by editors Andrew Eskind and Greg Drake while at George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, beginning in the 1980s.  It provides basic factual information about more than 100,000 photographers, as well as public photographic collections, commercial galleries, photographic exhibitions, and citations to the many published sources used to compile the data. The scope is international, and the time frame runs from the…

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12719018277?profile=RESIZE_400x Take to the skies and discover the world from above the clouds through the remarkable work of Alfred Buckham: Daredevil Photographer.  A trailblazer in his field, Alfred Buckham FRPS (1879-1956) soared above the realms of what was thought to be possible in 20th century photography and aviation. Meet the man behind some of the most iconic aerial photographs, marvel at the…

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12703682295?profile=RESIZE_400x The British Library is seeking to recruit a permanent part-time Print Room Coordinator and Cataloguer to join the Visual Arts Team at St Pancras. This post is a three-day a week job-share and will be fully onsite.

Working with one of the most extensive collections of prints, drawings and photographs relating to South Asia, this is an…

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