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Exhibition Opening: Thresholds by Mat Collishaw at National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 09:30

© Richard Eaton

Thresholds is an ongoing touring exhibition that restages the world's first major exhibition of photography in a fully immersive experience, in which vistors can walk freely around a digitally reconstructed room. The exhibition transports vistors back in time to 1839, when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot presented his photographic prints to the public at King Edward's School in Birmingham.

More information on the exhibition and future venues and tour dates can be found here.

World Premier: Do Not Bend, The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 14:45

Bill Jay with his Students at Arizona State University, 1978 © David Hurn / Magnum Photos

Tickets for the Seminar Day of the world premier of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, in conjunction with RRB Photobooks, are still avaliable.

The day will take place on Saturday 21st April from 9.30am to 4.00pm at Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. The day will include talks from John Myers, Marketa Luscacova in conversation with Ken Grant, Peter Mitchell, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen and David Hurn in conversation with Martin Parr.

Tickets can be purchased here.

DCDC call for papers

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 14:15

DCDC Conference 2018: Memory and Transformation.

The call for papers for the above conference is now open.
The deadline is 27 April 2018

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities invites proposals on this year’s theme of ‘memory and transformation’ on any project involving archives, libraries, museums and other heritage and cultural organisations in partnership with each other, communities and the academic sector.

The conference will be held between 19th - 21st November 2018 at the BCEC (Birmingham Conference and Events Centre), Birmingham.
Proposals should be submitted to Melanie Cheung and Laura Tompkins by Friday, 27 April 2017. Please mention you heard about this via the Photographic Collections Network website.

Find out more here and thoughts on the chosen theme can be shared in the members' forum here.

Beyond the Battlefields: Käthe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany in the Great War at the Grosvenor Gallery

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 11:00

© Estate of Käthe Buchler 

'Beyond the Battlefields' is a series of images by German photographer Käthe Buchler (1876-1930). The photographers depict Germany before, during and after the First World War. The series is part of the collection of the Museum of Photography in Braunschweig, where Buchler lived and worked. The series is currently touring the UK to commemorate the centenary of the conflict and its legacy.

The exhibition is co-curated by Manchester Metropolitan University historian Professor, Melanie Tebbutt, and Manchester School of Art Media Professor, Jacqueline Butler.
Tebbutt explains; Buchler’s carefully choreographed images chronicled convalescing soldiers, children collecting for recycling campaigns, and babies in war nurseries and are a documentary homage to how ordinary women and children were rising to the challenge of food, labour and material shortages on the home front. Buchler’s calm, disciplined interpretation of civilian life, distant from the violent upheavals of military action at the front, suggest empathy and belief in the human spirit.

Buchler came from a wealthy and well connected background that allowed her access to some of Germany’s most advanced photographic equipment. She was an adopted the world's first colour photographic process, ‘Autochrome’ as early as 1913. These images highlight Buchler's artistic skills as an 'ameteur' photographer and feature in the exhibition.

Jacqueline Butler, Head of Media at Manchester School of Art the importance of Autochrome in Buchler's development as a photographer; This allowed her to develop a visual and aesthetic vision, possibly influenced by her earlier enthusiasm for drawing, oil and watercolour painting. Lyrical family portraits and thousands of studies of flowers and landscapes testify to a comfortable bourgeois life both before and after World War One.

'Beyond the Battlefields: Käthe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany in the Great War’ is on display between 19th March - 5th May 2018 at the University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Hatfield.

Quotes sourced from Katy Cowan's article.

UK Exhibitions Closing Soon

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00

Photograph: Schooner, Perth Harbour by Magnus Jackson
Courtesy of Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council

ONE WEEK LEFT: Magnus Jackson: Photographer, Perth Museum and Art Gallery (until 3 March 2018)
Your last chance to see fascinating images by Victorian photographer of Perth, Magnus Jackson, innovatively displayed alongside five contemporary photographers using collodion:

ONE WEEK LEFT: ‘Beyond the Battlefields: Käthe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany in the Great War', Grosvenor Gallery (by Holden Gallery), Manchester Metropolitan University, (until 1 March 2018)
Black and white images of the German home front during the First World War, including images of the photographer's family, working children, injured soldiers returning to Braunschweig, and a series called ‘women in male-dominated professions’. This is the first time that Buchler's work has been displayed outside Germany:​

FINAL FEW WEEKS: The Apna Heritage Archive Exhibition, Wolverhampton Art Gallery (until 18 March 2018)
Exhibition offering a rare glimpse of 30 years of life captured by Punjabi families across the city, from their own photographs and family albums. Led by Black Country Visual Arts:

New digital training scheme announced by The National Archives (UK)

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 09:00

This week, The National Archives announced it will be creating 24 new UK digital traineeships following a successful bid for National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). 'Bridging the Digital Gap' traineeships will commence in October, be based at archive services in the UK with digital expertise and will cover skills in digital acquisition, preservation, access and engagement.

Read more about the scheme on The National Archives website

PCN Members: why not head over to our forum (in the Members' Area on this website) and share your thoughts and questions about digital collections?

Change of career in the New Year?

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 12:00
Woman working, Addressograph Corporation, 1938, from DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Woman working at the Addressograph Corporation, 1938. Creator: Richie, Robert Yarnall (1908-1984), from the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, via Flickr Commons

Need a change? Here's a few jobs in the museum and photography sector that have come our way, with deadlines early in 2018.

Digitisation Technician, The Postal Museum, closing date 5 Jan 2018

Curator (Maternity cover), The Hepworth Wakefield, closing date 8 Jan 2018

Photography Intern (paid), Strike a Light, closing date 10 Jan 2018

If you have any news items you would like listed here, please submit via our contact form.

Social History Curators Group call for papers

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 15:45

Social History Curators Group Conference 2018: A True Reflection? Displays, Stories and Exhibitions

The call for papers for the above conference is now open.
The deadline is 31 January 2018

Social History Curators Group invite you to share your innovative ideas and experiences of interpreting collections, engaging new audiences and refreshing tired displays.

The conference will be held at Beamish: The Living Museum of the North and Great North Museum: Hancock on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July 2018.

Proposals should be submitted to Rebecca Lucas and Nick Sturgess at by Wednesday 31 January 2018. Please mention you heard about this via the Photographic Collections Network website.

Find out more at

Shirley Baker: Airport '87

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 14:00
Airport'87 © Shirley Baker

Airport '87 © Shirley Baker

A look back at Manchester Airport as seen through the lens of photographer Shirley Baker, thirty years ago. Baker spent a day at the airport in 1987 capturing the experiences of passengers using the airport. The exhibition includes photographs chosen by the public and Manchester Airport staff. As well as capturing various areas of the airport, Baker’s photographs also show how people passed the time before a flight by playing cards and board games – a far cry from smartphones, tablets, and Kindles of today. The style of passengers is also brought into focus with big hair and plenty of shell suits on show.

Born in Salford, Baker was famed for her street photography of working class inner-city areas. The photographs of Manchester Airport were discovered in the archives at Central Library. They explore work created after Shirley Baker was approached by the Documentary Photography Archive (DPA), who were seeking to commission photographers to build their collection of contemporary work.

Location: Manchester Central Library, St Peter's Sq, Manchester M2 5PD.
Open: Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 20:00; Friday & Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 (closed Bank Holidays), until 6 January 2018.


Coming Up

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 16:15

EXHIBITION 30 Sept 2017 till 11 March 2018. Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection of Photography, Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum Wales

EVENT 17 November 2017 The Icon Photographic Materials Group, Science Museum, London detail here

NATIONAL EVENTS 18-26 November 2017, Explore your Archvies, details here

JOB Assistant Curator: (Prince Albert Projects), Royal Collections Trust, closing date 22 November 2017

EXHIBITION 06 October - 22 December 2017, Culture Shifts, Local, Open Eye Gallery 

EXHIBITION 07 October - 30 December 2017, No Man's Land: Women's Photography and the First World War, Impressions Gallery.

EXHIBITION 20 October - 11 Feb 2018 Instant Stories: Wim Wenders’ Polaroids, The Photographers’ Gallery, details here

JOB Senior Curator of Photographs, Getty, LA, USA click here

COURSE  3 October -14 November 2017 History of Photography evening course at the V&A, exploring the collection dating from the 1820s to the present dayLed by Susanna Brown and Martin Barnes.

EVENT 30 November, 1 December 2017: PCN talk at the Sport and Photography Conference at the Science and Media Museum, Bradford click here for details


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