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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now over 3800 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

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Heritage Open Days / September 2022

Heritage Open Days taking place across British from 9-18 September 2022 include events relating to photography. The RPS is throwing open its building and holding a series of events around its own history;  Reading's role in the history of photography is explored, and Derby's W W Winter studio will be opening. 

Separately, the RPS is also running an…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 15, 2022 at 7:04

Research: Ted Reed, theatre/film photographer

An enquirer is seeking information on the photographer Ted Reed, who did publicity stills for the 1955 Laurence Olivier film Richard III. Does anyone know anything about him or his studio? Two of his portraits from the 1940s are in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Please respond here or message…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2022 at 17:30

Bill Jay Day / 12 August 2022 #BillJayDay

Dr Grant Scott has announced that 12 August will be the first Bill Jay Day. Look out for articles, photographs and more to celebrate a remarkable man. 


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2022 at 19:30

Job: Assistant Curator of Photographs / deadline 31 August 2022

It’s working as one team to deliver impressive projects. And it’s the satisfaction of presenting, and promoting,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2022 at 18:30

New role: Catherine Troiano returns to the V&A

In a message to friends and colleagues Dr Catherine Troiano has announced that she has re-joined the V&A Museum, London, as Curator of Photography, with a focus on contemporary and digital practices. She was previously the National Trust's inaugural Curator, Photography. That role has been filled by Anna Sparham. 

She was at the V&A…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 2, 2022 at 21:00

Fellowship: British Society for the History of Science Public Engagement Fellow / closes 5 August 2022

The Public Engagement Research Fellow will spend the equivalent of one month (can be worked flexibly) at Pennine Heritage conducting research into an area of our archives, which will then form the basis for a public engagement activity. Our archives have been under-studied in relation to the history of science, so the Fellow may be the first researcher to…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on August 1, 2022 at 7:28

New role: Anna Sparham at the National Trust

Anna Sparham has been appointed the National Trust's National Curator, Photography. She has been doing the role for five months on a temporary contract for maternity cover. This has now been made permanent. She takes over from the inaugural curator Catherine Troiano.

Anna was previously freelancing based in her home city of Birmingham where she helped…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 30, 2022 at 9:35 — 1 Comment

Convention: NSA's Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography / 5 August 2022

The National Stereoscopic Association's Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography are a free conference-within-a-conference presents international scholarship on the history of stereoscopic photography. In 2022 the Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography at the 48th Annual 3D-Con will feature the following presenters and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 28, 2022 at 6:38


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