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 nearly 3400 active members, in addition to 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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Publication: Pre-order 'Photography of Protest and Community'

Illustrated with many newly discovered photographs, this book which is published in October, tells the story of community photography produced by the radical collectives in the 1970s. It examines their politicised magazines and exhibitions, held anywhere from working men’s clubs to laundrettes.…


Posted by Noni Stacey on July 7, 2020 at 16:30

Publication: ‘Larry Herman’s Clydeside: Photography of Protest and Community’

Larry Herman’s Clydeside: Photography of Protest and Community’, Studies in Photography Journal, Winter 2018, The Scottish Society for the History of Photography, National Galleries of Scotland. View Publication.…


Posted by Noni Stacey on July 7, 2020 at 16:00

Publication: 'Women and Work, 1975' in Aperture (Winter 2013)

Women and Work, 1975’, article on the Hackney Flashers in Aperture magazine as part of a series of articles highlighting forgotten exhibitions, ‘Photography as you don’t know it’ (Winter 2013) - View Publication.…


Posted by Noni Stacey on July 7, 2020 at 16:00

Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor papers and photogenic drawing

Two lots coming up at auction provide a link back to the photography's earliest days in 1839. Sotheby's auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts including Property from the Eric C. Caren Collection being held on 21 July 2020 in New York has two lots connected to Alfred Swaine Taylor, the pioneer of forensic medicine and an early experimenter in…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2020 at 8:30

COVID-19: UK cultural, arts and heritage institutions set to receive £1.57bn

The UK government has announced a £1.57bn package of support for cultural organisations to be delivered through grants and loans, and funding for capital projects. How much is new money, how much will need to be repaid and how much has come from previously announced commitments to the national infrastructure is unclear.  

The package announced includes…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2020 at 9:00

Online exhibition: Sights of Wonder: Photographs from the 1862 Royal Tour

In 1862, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (who would be crowned Edward VII in 1901 following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria), undertook a tour of the Middle East as part of a structured programme intended to educate the young prince and prepare him for his future role as king. The prince had undertaken previous trips abroad, but on this ambitious…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2020 at 13:04

Nicolaas Henneman commemorated in birth town

Frans Koopman writes...'we like to inform you that last  Friday mr Aad Schoorl, alderman of Heemskerk, has unveiled an information board concerning Nicolaas Henneman. The board has been placed along the path where he was born, since 2018 called after him: Nicolaas Hennemanpad'…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2020 at 12:30

UK lockdown eases spaces start to re-open... or bring in new ways of engaging audiences (UPDATED)

Back in March BPH published a regularly updated blog of how museums, galleries, research venues and events were approaching lockdown with cancellations, postponements and closures. Finally, after more than twelves weeks,…


Posted by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2020 at 21:00


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