Open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.

LECTURE: Exploring photography’s history up to 1939

Dr Michael Pritchard will look at how photography evolved from its announcement in France and England in 1839 up to the outbreak of war in 1939. He’ll show how the cameras and equipment that photographers – both amateur and professional – used evolved, and the types of photographs produced during the period. There will be examples of work from some of the great photographers of the period including William Henry Fox Talbot of Lacock Abbey, Roger Fenton, Julia Margaret Camera, and the talk will show how the dominant styles of pictorialism and then modernism developed, without forgetting how the Kodak and snapshotter introduced a new informality to amateur photography.

The talk will be illustrated with plenty of pictures and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. The audience is encouraged to bring along their own old cameras and photographs for comment.

Dr Michael Pritchard is an historian of photography. His interest in photography began as a collector of cameras, he joined Christie’s auction house as a photography specialist before starting a PhD on history of photography. He worked on the Kodak Historical Collection for the British Library, cataloguing it for public access and joined the Royal Photographic Society as its director in 2011. He has lectured, broadcast and published widely on different aspect of photographic history and his most recent book is A History of Photography in 50 Cameras (Bloomsbury). He edits The PhotoHistorian and the British Photo History blog.

Image: Henneman’s photographic establishment at Reading, Calotype, 1846, public domain.

Tickets: £10 (£8 WANHS members; £5 students with an email address) – booking essential. The A Wiltshire Thatcher – a Photographic Journey through Victorian Wessex exhibition will be open before the lecture.

Time: Start 7.00 pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Location: Wiltshire Museum (we are not able to make this a 'hybrid' event)

Terms and Conditions
Unless sold out, bookings will close at 9 am on the day of the event.
Booking for events
Cancellations, Refunds and T&Cs
No responsibility can be accepted by the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (the Society) for accidents or injury sustained during the course of any event arranged by the Society.

Other Wiltshire Thatcher Events

Victorian Portrait Photography brought to life!

General workshops - various dates. Booking essential.

Family workshops - various dates. Booking essential.

Camera Amnesty

Have you got an old-fashioned camera gathering dust at home? Are you wondering if it still works? Do you want to start using it with film but don’t know where to start?

Then come along to the Museum between 2 pm and 4 on Saturday 10 August, where photographer, researcher and camera geek (his phrase!), Frank Menger will be able to give advice on how to use vintage analogue photographic cameras!

Find out more here.

Exhibition: A Wiltshire Thatcher – a Photographic Journey through Victorian Wessex

An exhibition celebrating the work of Ernest Farmer, a little-known but leading figure in the development of photography as an art form.

The exhibition explores Farmer's life and photographic techniques, alongside over 100 photographs of the people, villages and landscapes of Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset taken by Ernest in 1892. One of them, the Wiltshire Thatcher, was used on a 1971 album cover by Led Zeppelin.

At Wiltshire Museum until 31 August 2024.

Visit the webpage for more information.

Book Online
Skip to content