National Science and Media Museum

MA Photographic History, Photographic History, Photography Collections, Research, United Kingdom November 6, 2015

One of the modules from my master’s program in Photographic History focuses on the History of Photography, Images and Practice.  In the frames of this module, our class visited the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, United Kingdom this past week. There we were given a tour of the museum’s Insight: Collections and Research Centre by Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs. Also, with the assistance of Colin Harding, Curator of Photographic Technology, we were able to choose a photographic object which we will use as a primary source in our research for the module’s assignment.

Modern replica of the heliograph made by Niepce circa 1826.

With Greg Hobson, Curator of Photographs.

Calotype paper negative made by William Henry Fox Talbot, circa 1845.

Daguerreotypes, circa 1840s-1850s.

With Colin Harding, Curator of Photographic Technology.

Album of cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards by Julia Margaret Cameron, circa 1870.

Magic Lantern, circa 1890.

A stereograph through a stereo viewer.

Kodak Brownie box cameras.

Polaroid cameras.

Researching for materials at the museum’s Insight: Collections and Research Centre. Photograph by Peter Baker.

I am grateful I had the opportunity to see this rich and historically valuable collection of photographic materials in person.


Hi, I'm Danae! I'm a photographer and I hold a MA in Photographic History. Besides my passion for photography, I enjoy traveling, walking, meditating, and I am an avid supporter of low-waste living.

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  1. Dave says on December 2, 2015

    I didn’t know they have such an amazing collection. Thanks for sharing!

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