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Family Workshop: Victorian Portrait Photography brought to life!

Family Workshop


Find out more about Victorian photography and have your portrait taken!

In these sessions Frank Menger, who re-created the Stonehenge images for the A Wiltshire Thatcher exhibition at Wiltshire Museum, will explain and demonstrate how a Victorian Photographer would have taken the photograph of the Thatcher in Farmer’s photo-album.

Individuals or groups can pose in the Museums’ garden with a bundle of sticks (weather permitting) or inside the Education room, and will be photographed with a period large format camera.

Under Frank’s guidance you will experience how a photographic print is developed in a mobile darkroom box on the spot, one for you to keep and one for exhibition alongside the exhibition!

To cover costs, please note there is a charge of £3 per print being made!

Family workshop dates:

Monday 29 July, 10.30 am
Monday 29 July, 12 noon
Thursday 8 August, 10.30 am
Thursday 8 August, 12 noon
Saturday 10 August, 10:30 am
Saturday 10 August, 12 noon

We also have general sessions arranged, all ages welcome. Maximum 12

Monday 29 July: 2 pm – 4 pm – general session (pre-book)
Thursday 8 August: 2 pm – 4 pm – general session (pre-book)

10.30 am and 12 noon
Workshop lasts approx one hour, including time for the photograph to be developed.

Cost: £5 to book a workshop, with a £3 donation per photographic print (payable on the day).

Location: Wiltshire Museum. Located on the first floor, accessible via stairs or a platform lift. Limited, free, on-site parking.

Booking: Essential 'BOOK ONLINE' below and please email details of the number attending to

Maximum Number per workshop: 6


Frank Menger is a Research Fellow: Centre for Print Research, at the University of the West of England.

Other Wiltshire Thatcher Events

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. Tuesday 16th July, 7.00 pm at Wiltshire Museum. Booking essential.

Victorian Portrait Photography brought to life!

General 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.

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