The Preservation of our Global Photographic Heritage

Debra Hess Norris

Location: St Bride Foundation, Bridewell Hall, 14 Bride Lane, London, EC4Y 8EQ

Date: Tuesday 10 July 2018, 6 pm – 9 pm

Tickets: £5 – £10

This year’s SSHoP Annan Lecture by Louise Pearson looked at the wide variety of photographic collections throughout Scotland. One of the main challenges that the keepers of these collections face is the conservation of often fragile photographic materials. I’ve Just Seen a Face: The Preservation of our Global Photographic Heritage is a talk by Debra Hess Norris (Professor of photograph conservation at the University of Delaware) which addresses that challenge.

‘Photograph and film collections are held in museums, libraries, archives and private homes all over the world: they document our global heritage. These materials are deteriorating owing to exposure to poor environmental conditions, inadequate storage, and natural disasters. During this presentation, Debra will introduce the fundamental properties and care of photographic print and negative collections and address why their preservation is vital and relevant.

The lecture is aimed at conservators, historians, curators, photographers, artists and collection managers as well as interested non-specialists. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

Debra Hess Norris is Professor of photograph conservation at the University of Delaware, and an internationally renowned author, teacher and lecturer.’

The event should be a good excuse for anyone with an interest in photographic conservation (conservators, curators, historians or photographers) to book a wee trip to London. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.

The event is organised by Icon (the Institute of Conservation), the UK’s leading voice for the conservation of cultural heritage in the UK.

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