Brian Tremain FRPS

16 March 2015

SIG: Archaeology and Heritage

Brian Tremain  FRPS  5 February 1935 – 18 February 2015

We regret to record the death of Brian Tremain FRPS, a founder member in 1974 of the then Archaeological Group, and its first Secretary.  His memories of those early days were vividly recalled in the 40th Anniversary issue of Heritage Photography, that of Spring 2014.

Born in Whitstable, Kent on 5th February 1935, Brian's entire career was spent as a professional photographer – in the words of his son Robert, "a life doing something that he loved".  His first job was as an assistant photographer at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  From there he went on to the Science Museum, followed by a short time at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Brian then spent many years as Principal Photographer at the National Maritime Museum, and for the final six years before his retirement in 1990 was Chief Photographer at the British Museum, with an office on Montague Place.  For much of his career he was an active member of The Royal Photographic Society, rewarded with a Fellowship and in 1983 with the Society's prestigious Hood Medal for his "Services to Museum and Archaeological Photography".

When in early 1974 a number of RPS members had suggested the formation of an Archaeological Group, Brian was an enthusiastic supporter, and at its inaugural meeting in London on 2nd April 1974, under the chairmanship of The Revd Robert Pitt, he volunteered to take the Minutes.  A week later, the first Committee Meeting met to elect officers and committee members – not surprisingly, the posts of Chairman and Secretary went respectively to Bob Pitt and Brian Tremain. 

For Brian, this was the start of an unbroken relationship with what became the A & H Group:  for some years on the committee, from time to time providing Conference presentations and workshops, and throughout his long retirement a reliable contributor of articles for its newsletters and latterly to Heritage Photography.

Brian's presence will be much missed by his many colleagues and RPS friends.  He is survived by his wife Vivienne and their sons Andrew, David and Robert.


R. Keith Evans,


Archaeology & Heritage Group