The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group was founded in 1972 to promote knowledge of the history of photography in all its aspects, and to encourage the preservation of photographs, photographic equipment and documents relating to the history of photography.
The Group acts as a forum for all members and non-members world-wide with an interest in photographic history, from the early-nineteenth century to the present day.
Membership of the Historical Group is diverse and includes includes historians, academics, museum professionals, auction specialists, collectors, dealers, and general enthusiasts. Their interests range from particular photographers, aesthetic movements, cameras, processes and photographic technology. Articles on these and other topics are published in The PhotoHistorian, the illustrated journal of the Group.
A programme of events for members, involving visits to view collections, talks and meetings, an annual research day runs each year, with the Annual General Meeting normally being held in April. These events are held in London, Birmingham and Bradford, as well as in other areas of the UK.
The Group also represents an expert body of knowledge on historical photographic matters, and is willing whenever possible to assist members and others with their research.
Membership of the Historical Group is available to members of The Royal Photographic Society at a cost of £20 per annum which includes The PhotoHistorian three times each year, email newsletters and reduced admission to Group events.