Annual Seminar 2016

Posted: 2016

Marthe Labarre, French actress, by Francis Goodman (1913-89), bromide contact print, mid-late 1940s © National Portrait Gallery, London

This year’s Annual Seminar will take place on Thursday 8 December at the National Portrait Gallery, London. It aims to highlight current scholarly research, innovative collections-based learning programmes, curatorial case studies and conservation discoveries relating to British portraits of all media and periods.   Call for papers (deadline Friday 10 June 2016) We are now inviting proposals for 20-minute papers from museum/gallery professionals, scholars, conservators, and independent researchers which focus on these areas, and seek to share new findings, new research resources or methodologies, and project case studies. Please send your abstract in Word format (max. 300 words) with a short biographical note (not CV please) to mail@britishportraits.org.uk before Friday 10 June.   Please note we are not able to[...]



An insight to Bethlem through the lens of Henry Hering: a workshop, by Anna Sparham

Posted: 22 February 2016

Ellen Vickery, fostered orphan, 1891 © Museum of London

I felt a strong draw to this workshop, ‘Henry Hering’s early asylum photography; the collection in context’. My interest was triggered by my familiarity with the photographs themselves, but it was the word ‘context’ in the title that hooked me. No, the word itself is not particularly arresting, but the prospect of gaining some knowledge around this field of work was indeed attractive. Add to this a long intended trip to Bethlem Museum of the[...]