It's Still There

Lacock Abbey visit and talks

Event info

The RPS Historical Group invite you to Lacock Abbey, the Fox Talbot Museum and village of Lacock. Dr Andrew Cochrane, Property Curator for the Lacock and North Wiltshire National Trust portfolio, will introduce the Lacock collections and we will have two presentations during the morning. 

David Burder FRPS talk about ‘My first 12 months of making Daguerreotypes’ and explain how he comes to be in the Guinness Book of records! In a second presentation Geoff and Viv Preece explain and demonstrate the Bromoil process. 

After lunch, Jamie Carstairs, Senior Digitisation Officer, University of Bristol Library, Special Collections, will talk about the Historical Photographs of China project, which digitised some 50,000 photographs, added metadata, and created an important open access, online resource, for research, etc (

There will then be free time to visit the Fox Talbot Museum and have time to take a stroll in the grounds or look around the Abbey. The grounds are often at their best in the early summer and the Abbey and museum have a special place for photographers. 

Programme outline

1045. Start of the meeting with Dr Andrew Cochrane
1100. David Burder
1200. Geoff and Viv Preece
1300. Lunch
1400. Jamie Carstairs
1500. Explore the museum, Abbey and village. 

Visitors who are not members of the National Trust will need to pay the normal admission charge. 

The entrance to the Manger Barn is situated adjacent to the Fox Talbot Museum with an entrance on to the High Street. Parking is available in the National Trust car park a short walk away. Lunch is readily available in the village pubs, NT cafe and local tea shops. They will get busy. 

Main image: Geoff Blackwell ARPS. The Oriel Window - It’s still there!
Lower: Michael Pritchard. Lacock Abbey. 

Event Organiser

Geoff Blackwell ARPS


Venue Information

Parking: You can park in the Red Lion Car Park which is found opposite the barn



Manger Barn

1 High Street


SN15 2LQ