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Archive Visit: Martin Parr Foundation visit

Martin Parr; photo by Paul Herrmann

Martin Parr at the Foundation; photo by Paul Herrmann

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 14:00 to 17:00

Is it possible that Martin Parr has the best organised archive of any photographer?
The Martin Parr Foundation houses his complete archive going back 45 years, and every digital work is catalogued, keyworded, captioned – and printed. The Foundation also houses works by selected British and Irish photographers as well as images taken in the British Isles by international photographers, and an expanding library of British and Irish photobooks.

Come and spend an afternoon with Martin Parr and his colleagues at the Foundation to find out how it works and discuss their approach. 

Address: Martin Parr Foundation, 316 Paintworks, Bristol BS4 3AR. Full details including accessibility, travel and parking here.

Outline Schedule
13.45 – 14.00       Registration
14.00 – 14.30       Welcome and introductions (PCN and MP Foundation)
14.30 – 15.30       A look at the Foundation highlighting its work with archives
15.30 – 15.45       Break (including some refreshments)
15.45 – 16.30       A look at the Foundation’s workflow and Martin Parr’s archive
16.30 – 17.00       Q & A, close

Tickets cost £20 * per person and are for members of the Photographic Collections Network only. Numbers are limited to a small group.
* Half of the price of your ticket will go as a contribution towards the Foundation to support its work.

-> Attendees please note:
    - registration will take place from 13.45 - 14.00 (the Foundation is closed to the public on Mondays, but someone will let you in and sign you in)
    - some on the day details you might find helpful will be mailed out by Saturday 21st April

Collections Visit: Wilson Centre for Photography

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 14:00 to 16:00

Wilson Centre for Photography, London (accessible by Tube).


This event has now passed, Please note that the Photographic Collections Network is unable to answer queries on behalf of the Wilson Centre for Photography.


Join us for an afternoon visit to the Wilson Centre for Photography, a private archive and collection for research on the history, aesthetics and preservation of photographs. The collection began in 1978, and now includes comprehensive holdings of nineteenth-century photographs and albums with a strong representation of major twentieth-century practitioners. Contemporary material is an expanding area of acquisition.

This event is aimed specifically at photographic collection and archive professionals. Tickets are £10 per person and are for members of the Photographic Collections Network only. Numbers are strictly limited.

Please note that bookings will close at 09:00 on Tuesday, 27 February 2018, and those with confirmed bookings will be notified of the exact location (in London) shortly after that.

**THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT: but don't worry if you missed out, we've got lots of 2018 members' events in the pipeline! Have you seen our Martin Parr Foundation Archive Visit coming up on 23 April? - one not to be missed.

Collections Visit: Birmingham Museums Trust Photographic Studio & Special Projects

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 10:00 to 13:30

Birmingham Museum, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH

This morning visit will include a store tour, a talk about the museum’s use of new technologies and systems, including the use of 2/3D photography and VR systems, the possibilities of new media and the best practice in use at Birmingham Museum. 

The visit and tour will be led by David Rowan, Museum Photographer at the Birmingham Museums Trust.

NB Museum doors open at 10:00 and the tour is expected to start at 10:15.

Seminar: Care of Photographs

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 10:00 to 17:00

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.


  • 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

The event runs 10:00 to 16:30 approx. Museum doors open at 09:00. Registration from 09:45.

NB Lunch is not provided. At the start of the lunch break we can point you to places nearby.


Exhibition Tour: Wim Wenders' Polaroids

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:30 to 11:30

The Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, Soho, London W1F 7LW.

Join us for a free informal morning tour of 'Instant Stories. Wim Wenders' Polaroids' with Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, The Photographers' Gallery to hear about the challenges of exhibiting polaroids in a temporary public display.

Collections Visit: Royal Collections Trust

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30

Royal Collection Trust, Windsor.

Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection. The Photograph Collection consists of over 450,000 photographs, acquired by British monarchs, their consorts and other members of the royal family from 1842 to the present day. The photographs consist of portraits of royalty from Britain, Europe and beyond; portraits of celebrities and statesmen, architectural, topographical and landscape works from around the world, exterior and interior studies of royal residences, 20th century press photographs, and photographs taken by members of the Royal family. This study visit will be an opportunity to view selected highlights from the Photograph Collection and talk to curators about the ongoing work of Royal Collection Trust.      

£5, administration fee

*Please note this visit will include climbing approximately 100 stone steps in the oldest part of the castle, and is therefore not suitable for those with mobility issues.


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