Thomas Wedgwood (1771-1805)

Wedgwood 250

Event info

Preliminary announcement: Wedgwood 250 will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Wedgwood on 14 May 1771. It is arranged jointly by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC), The youngest son of the prominent potter Josiah Wedgwood, Tom was very well known in the intellectual and scientific circles of his day and today is chiefly remembered for developing what was later identified as a very early form of chemical photography, including the use of the camera obscura. Speakers at this meeting will discuss his life, work, friendships and legacy. 

A programme will be issued early in 2021. It is intended that this will be a one day meeting held at RPS House, Bristol on 15 May 2021. Should it appear by mid-April that COVID restrictions will not have eased sufficiently to permit a face-to-face meeting, then it will be held online over two half days on 14 and 15 May. In any case provision will be made for live streaming over the internet. 

Further details will be available from Dr Michael Pritchard ( or Professor Frank James (  

Event Organiser

Dr Michael Pritchard


Venue Information

Wheelchair access



Cancellation policy

The RPS and SHAC will do their best to ensure that the event keeps to the published timings, programme and runs as planned. In the unlikely event that the event has to be cancelled all participants will be advised by email at the earliest opportunity.  No responsibility will be accepted for any consequential losses.


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337-340 Paintworks

Arnos Vale



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