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Interpreting photographs in exhibitions - with Steve Slack

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00

Online

2 – 4pm
Free, donations gratefully received
The workshop will include a comfort break and Q&A.

About the workshop:
This online workshop will introduce some of the basics of exhibition interpretation, and will explore ways of displaying and interpreting photographic collections for the public. It will address some of the issues relating to exhibiting photographs, but also related to using them as interpretive means in their own right.

Participants will leave the session with a list of questions they can ask themselves next time they are faced with interpreting a photograph in an exhibition setting.

About the speaker:
Steve Slack is an independent heritage interpretation consultant helping museums, archives and libraries to create content that is relevant to their audiences. He develops interpretation plans, writes exhibition text and conducts research with audiences about interpretation. www.steveslack.co.uk

Who is this for:
This workshop is aimed towards people working professionally with photographic collections or archives, especially those with an interest in audience engagement and the exhibition of collections. This workshop will also be useful to anyone working in the museums and archives sector, or with an interest in photographic collections.

Events during the lockdown:
While the Coronavirus lockdown is a stressful time for many of us, it also provides opportunities to learn and reflect upon our practice. 

Here at the Photographic Collections Network we had planned to run a series of skill sharing events and archive tours in museums, galleries, archives and in private collections across the UK to share knowledge and skills, best practice and encourage sector networking.

We have had to postpone these events for now, so instead we have reached out to respected freelancers and photographic experts from the sector and to PCN's Steering Group to help us deliver a series of online events, which are offered for free and aim to be accessible to as many people as possible.

We would normally charge a ticket price for our events and like many organisations, staff, and freelancers and in the sector that we support, we are experiencing a loss of income right now. This is due to projects and events being cancelled, funding bids we that have been working on are unable to be submitted due to reorganisation of funds, and the loss of ticket income. We ask if you take part in our online events and feel that you can afford to donate, that you do so whilst making your booking. Every donation is appreciated, and will help us continue our work, and enable us to pay more speakers to run online events.
If you would like to support PCN or collaborate with us please get in touch.

Private photo collections: Dr Michael Pritchard in Conversation with Paul Herrmann

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00

Online

Talk 2 – 3pm, inc Q&A
Free, donations gratefully received

About the Online Talk:
How do you go about starting, building, and looking after a private collection of photographs or photobooks? Many of us will be giving our own collections more attention during this period of lockdown, and there has never been a better time to support artists by buying prints and artists' books.

In this online talk Dr Michael Pritchard will reflect on both the RPS's collections and his own collection of photographic books. Using specific examples he will explore subjects such as the motivations for collecting, where and how to buy or acquire, the appeal of particular works and how their significance might change over time, caring for a collection, and how it might live beyond the original collector.

Michael will be interviewed by Paul Herrmann, Director of the Photographic Collections Network; and there will be the chance to submit your own comments and questions either before or during the event.

About the Speakers:
Dr Michael Pritchard is Director, Education and Public Affairs, at the Royal Photographic Society, and a photo-historian. A former photography specialist at Christie's auction house, he worked on cataloguing the Kodak Historical Collection at the British Library and has taught on the MA history of photography course at De Montfort University. He completed his PhD which examined British photographic manufacturing and retailing up to 1914 in 2010. He has lectured internationally, broadcast and written extensively on the history of photography. His most recent book is A history of photography in 50 Cameras (Bloomsbury 2015). He edits the British Photographic History blog in his spare time. IG @mikeyp1839 / E: michael@rps.org

Paul Herrmann is the Director of Redeye Photography Network, and the Photographic Collections Network. Redeye has supported hundreds of photographers in every different genre to develop their photographic work and careers through a programme of events, courses, professional development, commissions, collaborations, business advice and information. Paul has worked in the photographic sector for over 30 years, starting out as a freelance editorial photographer in the 1980s. He talks, writes and advises on a range of business and professional issues in photography.

Events during the lockdown:
While the Coronavirus lockdown is a stressful time for many of us, it also provides opportunities to learn and reflect upon our practice.
 
Here at the Photographic Collections Network we had planned to run a series of skill sharing events and archive tours in museums, galleries, archives and in private collections across the UK to share knowledge and skills, best practice and encourage sector networking.

We have had to postpone these events for now, so instead we have reached out to respected freelancers and photographic experts from the sector and to PCN's Steering Group to help us deliver a series of online events, which are offered for free and aim to be accessible to as many people as possible.

We would normally charge a ticket price for our events and like many organisations, staff, and freelancers and in the sector that we support, we are experiencing a loss of income right now. This is due to projects and events being cancelled, funding bids we that have been working on are unable to be submitted due to reorganisation of funds, and the loss of ticket income. We ask if you take part in our online events and feel that you can afford to donate, that you do so whilst making your booking. Every donation is appreciated, and will help us continue our work, and enable us to pay more speakers to run online events.

If you would like to support PCN or collaborate with us please get in touch.

Writing About Photography: unlocking stories from the archives to create press releases for your collections

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00

Online

Tom Seymour – Writer 

Thursday 7th May
2 – 4pm 
Free, donations gratefully received
The workshop will include a comfort break and Q&A.

About the Online Workshop:
This is a (virtual) hands-on workshop on writing about photography for publication. Anyone who works with photographic collections knows that there are great stories hidden in the archives just waiting to be written about. In this workshop Tom Seymour will share his knowledge of how to craft jargon-free press releases to help you share the hidden stories and histories of the photographic collections you work with.

Tom will discuss how to research stories and structure a press release, the workshop also includes a short activity to enable you to develop your writing skills. 

About the speaker:
Tom Seymour is an independent art writer specialising in photography, Tom writes for the British Journal of Photography, BBC, Wallpaper, Frieze Magazine, Guardian and many other publications. 

Tom has led writing workshops at photography galleries and photo festivals including FORMAT International Photography Festival, Belfast Photo Festival and Unseen Festival, and Free Range. 

Who is this for:
This workshop is aimed towards people working professionally with photographic collections or archives, but will also be useful to anyone working in the museums and archives sector, or with an interest in photographic collections.

Tickets:
Please register for free by 11am on Thursday 7th to receive your invitation to the meeting. Please note you get a standard e-ticket but you don't need to keep it. Instead we will email you with an invite to the Zoom meeting details. You will then be in the Zoom Waiting Room until the host starts the event. Once the event is underway we may not be able to accept late attendees.

Events during the lockdown:

While the Coronavirus lockdown is a stressful time for many of us, it also provides opportunities to learn and reflect upon our practice. 

Here at the Photographic Collections Network we had planned to run a series of skill sharing events and archive tours in museums, galleries, archives and in private collections across the UK to share knowledge and skills, best practice and encourage sector networking.

We have had to postpone these events for now, so instead we have reached out to respected freelancers and photographic experts from the sector and to PCN's Steering Group to help us deliver a series of online events, which are offered for free and aim to be accessible to as many people as possible.

We would normally charge a ticket price for our events and like many organisations, staff, and freelancers and in the sector that we support, we are experiencing a loss of income right now. This is due to projects and events being cancelled, funding bids we that have been working on are unable to be submitted due to reorganisation of funds, and the loss of ticket income. We ask if you take part in our online events and feel that you can afford to donate, that you do so whilst making your booking. Every donation is appreciated, and will help us continue our work, and enable us to pay more speakers to run online events.

If you would like to support PCN or collaborate with us please get in touch.

History and Identification of Photographic Processes

Image copyright Susie Clark, from her own collection

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00

Online

History and Identification of Photographic Processes​
Susie Clark – Conservator

Thursday 30th April
2 – 4pm 
Free, donations gratefully received
The seminar will include a comfort break and Q&A.

About the Online Seminar:
The care of photographic collections presents special challenges. Knowledge of photographic processes, the materials used and their appearance is the first stage in understanding their care, and is also essential for appreciating some of their visual qualities. 

In this online seminar Susie will take you through the history and identification of the most common photographic processes which are likely to make up the majority of the photographs in collections.

This seminar will enable you to understand and identify photographs in a collection you might work with or manage, so that you can go on to understand any care that might be required. 

About the speaker:
Susie Clark is an accredited paper and photographic conservator and consultant, and winner of the Museums and Galleries Commission Jerwood Conservation Award for Research and Innovation for her work on wet collodion positives.

Susie's work includes; Conservator for the Collaborative Research Project between the National Science and Media Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute (USA) looking at the characteristics of different photographic processes. Conservator for the Nicéphore Niépce project at the National Science and Media Museum. 

Susie has worked as a Tutor for the Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material at the National Gallery of Australia and New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials at the National Library of New Zealand. The British Library, and as Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Dundee. 

She is Assistant Co-ordinator of the ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Group and Committee Member of the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftmanship. Previously been on the Committee of the Institute of Paper Conservation and the Society of Archivists’ Film and Sound Committee and Conservation Committee. 

Who is this for:
This seminar workshop is aimed towards people working professionally with photographic collections or archives, but will be useful to anyone working in the museums and archives sector, or with an interest in photographic collections.

Tickets:
Please register for free by 11am on Thursday 30th to receive your invitation to the meeting. Please note you get a standard e-ticket but you don't need to keep it. Instead we will email you with an invite to the Zoom meeting details. You will then be in the Zoom Waiting Room until the host starts the event. Once the event is underway we may not be able to accept late attendees.

Events during the lockdown:

While the Coronavirus lockdown is a stressful time for many of us, it also provides opportunities to learn and reflect upon our practice. 

Here at the Photographic Collections Network we had planned to run a series of skill sharing events and archive tours in museums, galleries, archives and in private collections across the UK to share knowledge and skills, best practice and encourage sector networking.

We have had to postpone these events for now, so instead we have reached out to respected freelancers and photographic experts from the sector and to PCN's Steering Group to help us deliver a series of online events, which are offered for free and aim to be accessible to as many people as possible.

We would normally charge a ticket price for our events and like many organisations, staff, and freelancers and in the sector that we support, we are experiencing a loss of income right now. This is due to projects and events being cancelled, funding bids we that have been working on are unable to be submitted due to reorganisation of funds, and the loss of ticket income. We ask if you take part in our online events and feel that you can afford to donate, that you do so whilst making your booking. Every donation is appreciated, and will help us continue our work, and enable us to pay more speakers to run online events.

If you would like to support PCN or collaborate with us please get in touch.

February Photographic Collections Network Event - V&A London

V&A London

V&A London

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 14:00 to 17:45

V&A London,
Cromwell Rd,
Knightsbridge,
London
SW7 2RL

February Photo Collections Event will be at the V&A in London, at this event Marta Weiss Senior Curator of Photographs will share exciting new information on the Phase 2 of the Photography Gallery. This will be followed by a curatorial talk from Susanna Brown, Curator of Photographs, about artists making new work from collections & archives, and how keepers of archives and collections can navigate that journey. Event includes complimentary entry to the /Tim Walker Wonderful Things/ exhibition.

Who should come?
This event is aimed at anyone working with photo collections and archives in museums, libraries and archives, with a focus on curatorial dialogue.

2:00  Arrive, meet in the Digital Studio, Sackler Centre
2:30  Coffee, cake and networking
3:00  Photography Gallery phase 2 update - Marta Weiss
3:30  Tim Walker, Wonderful things - Susanna Brown
4:00 - 5:45  Free visit to Tim Walker Wonderful Things exhibition and Photography Gallery

January Photographic Network Collections Event - National Justice Museum

National Justice Museum, Nottingham

National Justice Museum, Nottingham

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 13:00 to 16:00

National Justice Museum,
High Pavement,
Nottingham
NG1 1HN

The Photographic Collections Network are running a series of events across the UK combining collection tours with talks aimed at anyone working with photo collections and archives in museums, libraries and archives.

These events aim create an informal space for conversation and networking, and an opportunity to learn about national and private collections with some new skills along the way.

January Photo Collections event will be at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham it will includes a tour of the Washing, Dancing, Singing; photographs of women living and working in prison exhibition, and NJM photo collection followed by a discussion led by Senior Curator & Archivist Bev Baker on curating from archival material that is without provenance.

Who should come?
This event is aimed at anyone working with photo collections and archives in museums, libraries and archives.

1:00  Coffee, cake and networking
1:30  Tour of Washing, Dancing, Singing exhibition
2:30  Viewing of our photographic archival collection
3:00  Ideation session around how might we present archive material that doesn't have provenance – group participation
4:00  Finish

Photographs from Another Place - Tour and Talk

Photographs from Another Place
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00

Williamson Art Gallery,
Slatey Rd,
Birkenhead,
Prenton
CH43 4UE

Alan Ward is a graphic designer and photographer based in Manchester. After purchasing a set of quarter plate glass plate negatives with unknown provenance, he set about a six-year project investigating and reimagining a family archive.

The quarter glass plates Alan bought from eBay were all from the same family collection; dating between 1914 and 1950. Piecing together clues from the images he was able to uncover a family history with strange parallels to his own.

‘Photographs from Another Place’ presents the archive alongside Alan’s own images, taken in response to the people and places he found through his examination of the archive.

This project is exhibited for the first time at The Williamson in Birkenhead. Join us for a tour of the exhibition and to hear Alan discussing his process of working with the archive.

This event is delivered in partnership with Redeye.
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Who is it for? 
This event is for anyone with an interest in photography, social or family history. It would be particularly relevant for anyone who is working with an archive either for research or artistic purposes.

When?
Saturday 18th January. We will gather from 2pm, and the event will take place from 2:30pm - 4pm.

Where?
This event will take place at The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH43 4UE. There is ramped access at front of building and all galleries on one level; accessible toilet available.

Tickets 
Free to attend, but please register your attendance so we know how many people to expect.
 

Collection Talk and Tour: National Science & Media Museum, Bradford

Glass-fronted building
Friday, November 29, 2019 - 13:00 to 16:00

National Science and Media Museum
Pictureville, Bradford
BD1 1NQ

 

First in a series of events aiming to create an informal space for conversation and networking, and an opportunity to learn about national and private collections with some new skills along the way.

This event includes a tour of the photo collection stores at National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, followed by a talk by Head Curator Geoff Belknap.

Who should come?
This event is aimed at anyone working with photo collections and archives in museums, libraries and archives.

1:00 Coffee, cake and networking
1:30 Tour of Photography and Photographic Technology Collections
2:30 Talk: Geoff Belknap, NSMM Head Curator – Collecting the Boundaries of Photography: how to collect, curate and think photographs in the museum, libraries and archives
3:00 Discussion
4:00 Finish 

Post-event we invite you to join us at a local pub to continue conversations.

PCN at Museums Association Conference

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 09:00 to Friday, October 4, 2019 - 17:00

The Photographic Collections Network will be at the Museums Association Conference on 3rd & 4th October.

You can find us on stand 10 as part of the SSN Consortium stand, we'll be there for a few hours each day if you want to arrange to meet up and find out how the Photographic Collections Network can support your Museum, Archive or Collection email or send a tweet to arrange a meeting.

PCN is part of the Subject Specialist Network, a group of SSNs who all work hard to support the UK's museums, archives and collections through advice, research and expertise. Read more about the SSN Consortium here.

Archive Visit: Historic England

25-36 Southernhay West, Exeter, Devon. 
Historic England Archive BB42/00714. 
Copyright Crown Copyright. Historic England Archive.
Photographed by Margaret Tomlinson after the Baedeker raids of spring 1942.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 13:00 to 15:30

ARCHIVE TALK AND TOUR, THE HISTORIC ENGLAND ARCHIVE, SWINDON 
This visit will include a look into Historic England's archive collections, followed by a tour of the purpose-built archive itself - from the vaults to the Conservation Department, through insight into collections digitisation, finishing with time for Q&A and informal networking over light refreshments.

Details
Join us for a rare behind the scenes look at Historic England’s fascinating and extensive archive collections and to hear about their approach to conservation, care and access. In a tour and talk led by experts, we’ll take a look at some of the collections of photographs of England's buildings and historic sites held in Historic England's Archives, then explore issues around conservation, digitisation, caring for and access to this wide-ranging collection. 

This visit offers a unique opportunity to explore and discuss collections issues in a tailored tour with a small group of colleagues from across the sector. The event is aimed at people working in a professional capacity with photographic collections or archives, especially those with an interest or role in conserving and/or caring for collections.

Programme Outline
12.45 – 13.00    Registration at reception
13.00 - 15.00     Introductions; Overview of Historic England’s extensive collections; Tour of the purpose-built archive - from the vaults to the Conservation Dept; Discussion about Collections Care, Conservation and Digitisation
15.00 - 15.30     Refreshments, Q&A and informal networking

There are very limited places available for this rare behind the scenes visit - don't miss out!

Tickets £10 each (members only). Not a member yet? - join the network here for just £25 per year (£20 concessions).
 

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