What the Group does

Peter James, Head of Photography at the Library of BirminghamThe principal activities of the Group are:

  • The PhotoHistorian. The Group has continuously produced a quarterly publication since 1972. It is now called The PhotoHistorian and contains articles by members, original research, resumes of lectures given to the Group, correspondence and queries from members. Regular Supplements are also produced, containing themed information of great assistance to researchers, social historians and for archivists in dating images, people and events.
  • Meetings. These are held in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom. They generally consist of lectures given by speakers from academia or museums, or by researchers. Details of meetings can be found in the 'Events' section of the website.
  • Conferences. The Group has held occasional weekend conferences since 1989 at various locations around the UK. They have been themed on a particular aspect of photographic history and have generally been held in conjunction with other organisations.
  • Visits. These are made to places of interest throughout the United Kingdom, including the Library of Birmingham (see picture above), British Library, National Media Museum, V&A Museum, Scottish National Portrait Gallery; and, in continental Europe, Paris, Budapest and the Netherlands. The Group is usually able to arrange privileged access to public and private collections.

The Historical Group provides, along with the Society's Collection and library, a body of expert knowledge on photographic historical matters. It welcomes enquiries on all aspects of photographic history.