Symposium | The Camera, Colonialism and Social Networks from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day

Photograph of three women harvesting tea in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon)
Photograph of three women harvesting tea in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), attributed to E A Hornel, about 1920 © National Trust for Scotland, Broughton House & Garden

Location: Broughton House & Garden 12 High Street Kirkcudbright Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4JX

Date: 9 April 2019, 9am – 5pm

National Trust Scotland will host this fascinating symposium on themes inspired by the photographic collection of E A Hornel. The symposium will be delivered by nine academics, curators, collections managers and researchers from around the UK.

During this symposium, you’ll hear how networks used for sharing photographs have developed and changed, from photography’s earliest history to today’s social media platforms. Many of Hornel’s photographs came from Japan, Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and Myanmar (then Burma). They ask sometimes uncomfortable questions about how ‘foreign’ people and places were viewed and photographed by western visitors. The symposium will explore examples of this from around the world, from Hornel’s time to today.

Taking place in Hornel’s ornate gallery in Broughton House, this symposium is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in Hornel, the imagery of colonialism or the continually evolving medium of photography and the networks that sustain it, to meet and hear from similarly interested academics, researchers and enthusiasts.

To find out more and book tickets (early bird discounts available until 10 February 2019) visit the National Trust for Scotland website.

Photograph of Kirkcudbright girl, attributed to E A Hornel, taken between 1900 and 1920
Photograph of Kirkcudbright girl, attributed to E A Hornel, about 1900-1920 © National Trust for Scotland, Broughton House & Garden