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Photographic Collections Network events take place regularly across the UK, including collections and exhibition visits, seminars, workshops and an annual conference. Most events are for members only; when events are open to the general public a non-member price will be listed. 

Seminar: Care of Photographs (2nd date)

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:45

The Learning Zone, Wakefield Museums, One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB

This day-long seminar with esteemed photography conservator Susie Clark will cover the history and identification of photographic processes and techniques, common preservation problems and solutions. Held in collaboration with the Social History Curators Group.

Photographs are found in many collections in museums, libraries and archives. Their care requires an understanding of the nature of different photographic processes and their requirements. This one day course is aimed at those with responsibility for the care of photographic collections. It provides an introduction to the nature and identification of photographic processes and an understanding of their associated conservation issues and solutions. It will also cover the preservation measures which need to be taken to ensure the collections remain in good condition in the future.

Susie Clark ACR is an ICON accredited conservator and consultant, specialising in the conservation of photographs. After qualifying in paper conservation from Camberwell School of Art and Craft, she was the conservator for the BBC Hulton Picture Library. She has been a freelance conservator since 1990, working primarily for institutions, both in this country and abroad. In 1996, she was the recipient of the Museums and Galleries Commission Conservation Award for Research and Innovation.

The event runs 10:00 to 16:45 approx. Museum doors open at 09:00. Registration from 09:45.
NB Lunch is not provided – the Museum has a café, and we can also point you to places nearby.

Programme Outline
09.45 – 10.00    Registration
10.00 – 10.15    Welcome and introductions
10.15 – 11.45    History and identification of photographic processes
11.45 – 12.00    Break
12.00 – 13.00    Conservation problems and solutions
13.00 – 14.00    Lunch break
14.00 – 15.00    Conservation problems and solutions
15.00 – 15.15    Tea
15.15 – 16.30    Preservation measures
16.30 - 16.45     Close

Tickets will cost £20 and can only be booked by members of the PCN.

*This second date is now FULLY BOOKED. Please contact if you're interested in being added to the waitlist (please note you might be contacted at the last minute if cancellation should free up a space) or if you have booked a place and have any questions.*

Reflections On A Glass Plate: Photography and Archive Centre Symposium

Glass plate photography silhouette

Photo credit: Sutton Archives

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 14:00 to 18:30

The Main Lecture Theatre (A)
London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle 
London SE1 6SB

Thursday 17 May, 2018 14.00-17.30, followed by networking event from 17.30-18.30

PLEASE NOTE: There is a small delay sending out e-tickets to this event. If you have successfully gone through the registration process you will definitely receive your ticket by email.

Glass plate negatives are found in many collections in museums, libraries and archives. This half day event is aimed at heritage professionals or anyone with responsibility for these collections, who are looking to undertake projects with these materials for the first time. The event will offer introductions into the history of the format, its care and conservation, and will present case studies which demonstrate approaches to digitisation, cataloguing, outreach and interpretation. As such It will also be accessible and open to students and other practitioners.

The event is a collaboration between The UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), The Past on Glass Project at Sutton Archives, The Edward Reeves Archive Project and The Photographic Collections Network. 
The event runs 14.00 to 17.30 approx. Doors open at 13:50. 
Coffee & tea will be provided.

Nearest Tube is Elephant and Castle on the Northern and the Bakerloo underground lines as well as National Rail. The entrance (with signs for UAL) is across the road from the tube station.

Programme Outline
14.00 – 14.10    Welcome and introductions - Professor Val Williams
14.10 – 14.40    Colin Harding - The History of The Victorian Studio
14.40 – 15.00    Debbie Cooper - Working with Contemporary Glass Plates
15.00 – 15.20    Abby Matthews - The Past on Glass; what makes a successful funding bid?
15.20 – 15.40    Kathryn Tollervey - Digitisation of Glass Plates and Ledgers of the Edward Reeves Archive
15.40 – 16.10    Tea/Coffee Break
16.10 – 16.30    Sarah Allen and Emma Bonson - 'A Pain in the Glass' - Conservation Problems and Solutions
16.30 – 16.50    Anna Sparham - Curating the Christina Broom Exhibition 
16.50 – 17.10    Brigitte Lardinois - The Outreach Programme of the Edward Reeves project
17.10 – 17.30    Q&A led by Brigitte Lardinois
Please stay on for networking drinks at PARC from 17.30 – 18.30

Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance. The event is open to all.
NB If you are not a PCN website subscriber, CLICK HERE to book your ticket (no signup required).

Please note: After booking, you will be sent an e-ticket for this event.  Please print or save a copy of this e-ticket to your phone, as you will need this to gain entry to the college.

Photo credits below: Sutton Archives; Edward Reeves Photography

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