British photographic history

Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history

Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history ranging from exhibitions and museum news, publications, and jobs




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Welcome to the British photographic history blog which was launched at the start of 2009. There are now almost 3200 members, in addition to many other regular readers. They 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 and general news affecting collections of photographic material or individuals within the field. BPH will also include relevant book and website reviews from time to time. While the focus is on Britain it may, on occasion, include material that is of wider interest from Europe, the United States and Asia.

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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Nall’s Sixpenny Album Views of Yarmouth photographed by Sedgfield

In the Yarmouth columns of the Norfolk Chronicle dated Saturday 31st October 1863, the Great Yarmouth letterpress printer and stationer George Nall was advertising “NALL'S SIXPENNY ALBUM VIEWS OF YARMOUTH. PHOTOGRAPHED BY SEDGFIELD. Nearly 40 sorts. To be had only at Nall's Library. Great Yarmouth.”…


Posted by Paul Godfrey on April 21, 2019 at 10:00 — 2 Comments

V&A Photography Centre receives major donation from Sir Elton John and David Furnish

The V&A has announced a new, long-term collaboration with Sir Elton John and David Furnish to revolutionise public access to photography. Comprising a significant donation towards the museum’s recently opened Photography Centre, for which gallery 101 will be renamed ‘The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery’, the partnership will also include a major…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 11:00

cfp: The Art and Science of the Moon / proposals by 15 May 2019

T o mark the fiftieth anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world, Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) will host a major exhibition exploring our evolving relationship with the Moon across times and cultures. The Moon (19 July 2019 – 5 January 2020) will present a scientific and cultural history of our nearest celestial neighbour, exploring…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 10:23

Film: Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay available for free

Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt the team behind the documentary Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay are making the film available to view for FREE from 7.00pm BST Sunday 21 April 2019.

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Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 10:06

Job: Curator of Photographs / Museum of London, closes 6 May 2019

You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Historic Photographs collection, raising understanding, awareness and use of the collection, providing physical and intellectual access, producing online and other content, and contributing to the development of the new Museum of London at West Smithfield. In particular, you will contribute to the…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 8:18

Views of an Antique Land: Imaging Egypt and Palestine in the First World War

'Views of an Antique Land: Imaging Egypt and Palestine In the First World War' is a Heritage Lottery Funded project which has collected more than 2000 images of Egypt and Palestine taken during the First World War. The project is hosted at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University and directed by Dr. Steve…


Posted by Paul Thomas Nicholson on April 16, 2019 at 9:30

Funded PhD: Cultural Snipers: Photographic Portraiture in Britain, 1970-1990 / apply by 10 May 2019

The History of Art Department of Birkbeck, University of London and the National Portrait Gallery, London, invite applications for a fully-funded doctoral studentship under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. The project will examine the politics of photographic portraiture in Britain during the 1970s and 80s, when, informed by activism and…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2019 at 18:30

Photographica 2019 / London, 19 May 2019

Photographic 2019 will soon be here, as usual it will take place at the regular venue The Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PB on the 19 May 2019. Public entry is from 10am-4.00pm and admission is £8 on the door from 10am to 12 noon and £5 noon to the close. This year there will be up to 135 stalls selling user and…


Posted by Nigel Richards on April 14, 2019 at 11:00


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