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Conference on photographic albums

From: Angela H. Moor <xfa59>
Date: Friday, March 26, 1999
The Preservation and Conservation of Photographic Albums and
Photographically Illustrated Books
Photographic Materials Conservation Group
Birmingham Central Library, Birmingham
22nd - 23rd July 1999

The meeting hosted by Peter James, Head of Photography at Birmingham
will give participants a unique and exciting opportunity to visit
the Library's photograph collections and conservation department.
For more information about the library visit their Web site at:

There is a long established tradition for the use of bound volumes
such as journals, diaries, albums and scrap books for the
preservation containment and presentation of paper based artefacts.
Man's penchant for hoarding mementoes of his life probably goes back
to the Garden of Eden and our archives and libraries proliferate
with examples of this basic instinct. From the birth of photography
to the present day, the containment and preservation of photographs,
in such a physical environment, a bound volume, is firmly rooted in
this tradition. The main aim of this conference is to bring together
heritage professionals to explore current knowledge of and the
skills, methods and techniques required for the preservation and
conservation of this diverse material in order to address issues
faced by those with the responsibility for its care.

   "The photographic holdings of the Birmingham Central Library and
    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are without doubt one of
    Birmingham's best kept secrets. Birmingham has a long history of
    involvement in photography it was Thomas Sutton, editor of
    Photographic Notes (15th October 1857) who suggested that
    Birmingham was  '...precisely one of those places where
    photography ought to be assiduously cultivated ....' and it
    was." Quote from Coming to Light.

The programme for the meeting will include Display and Tour of
Birmingham Central Library Conservation Department Exhibition of
Albums and Photographically Illustrated Books from Birmingham
Central Library

A Civic Reception in the Mayors Parlor 22nd July 1999

Speakers include

    Peter James
    Head of Photography, Birmingham Central Library
    Coming to Light: Birmingham's Photographic Collections

    Tony Barret
    Head of Conservation, Birmingham Central Library
    Then and Now: Case Studies of the Preservation of two
    photographic Albums

    Hermione Cornwall-Jones
    Photo Archivist, University of Cambridge, Museum of Archaeology
    and Anthropology
    Photographic Albums as Artefacts: thoughts raised through the
    use of an historical, anthropological approach.

    Ian L. Moor
    The Centre for Photographic Conservation,
    Albums: To Break or not to break that is the question?

    Angela H. Moor
    The Centre for Photographic Conservation
    Preservation and Conservation of Albums - Part 2

    Jane Rutherston
    Conservation Department, Victoria and Albert Museum
    Victorian Album Structures

    Moira Bewick
    Private Paper Conservator
    Review of Commercially available photograph albums and storage

    Anne Cartier Bresson
    Atelier de Restauration et de Conservation des Photographies
    History and conservation of the photographic albums in the city
    of Paris collection

    Joan M. Schwartz, Ph.D ( To be confirmed)
    Senior Photography Specialist, National Archives of Canada
    Archival perspectives on the preservation and conservation of
    photographic albums and photographically illustrated books: A
    plea for an integrated approach.

    Harry Camfield Wills
    Private Collector, historian, broadcaster and author
    Photographically illustrated books prior to 1880

    Ashley Lawrence
    Arts Council of Great Britain
    Microphotography and the Pigeon Post during the siege of Paris

    Stewart Welch
    Conservation By Design
    Title to be confirmed

    Trevor Drake
    Sales Development Manager Government Markets,
    Fuji Photo Film UK Ltd
    Fuji Color Crystal Archive

This event is sponsored by:

    Fuji Phot Film UK Ltd.
    Conservation by Design Ltd.
    Conservation Recourses (U.K.) Ltd.

For a registration form or further information about the conference
please contact the:

    Hon Secretary, David Parker,
    PO Box 17286 Streatham
    London SW16 2WT
    Or Co/ PRO Conservation Department:
    Fax: +44 181 878 8905
    david.parker [at] pro__gov__uk

The registration fees for the two day meeting is UKP65.00 (cheques
in Pound Sterling drawn on a UK Bank) The conference fee does not
include meals or accommodation. A list of accommodation is available
upon request.

Accommodation: A special rate for participants of the PHMCG meeting
has been arranged at

    The Copthorne Hotel
    Paradise Circus
    Birmingham B3 3HJ
    +44 121 200 2727
    Fax: +44 121 200 1197.

Mention the meeting when booking. The Copthorne is a two minutes
walk from the meetings venue.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:76
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Received on Friday, 26 March, 1999

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