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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

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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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