Identifying What You Have, Knowing How to Catalogue It and Ensuring Its Preservation: Photographic Collections in Your Archive

David Baldwin Friday, 31 January 2014 10:18

The Film, Sound & Photography Section (FSPS) of the Archives and Records Association is pleased to announce a training event on Wednesday 26th February 2014, held in the Foyle Suite of the Centre for Conservation at The British Library. Attendees can either pick up a map at the front desk if they haven’t been before or you can spot the Centre for Conservation on the map here:

This FREE event will feature two presentations. The first by John Falconer (Lead Curator of Visual Arts in the Department of Cartographic and Topographic Materials, British Library), who will introduce a range of photographic processes and formats that you might come across within your archives. He will offer practical advice on how to identify them and what to think about when cataloguing, based on his own extensive experience working with 19th and 20th century photography collections. As a published author, and keen enthusiast of this fascinating area of archival practice, this is a great opportunity to ask him any questions you have while also gaining an overview of the varied photographic material held at the British Library.

The second presentation will be by Lorraine Finch (Accredited Conservator and owner of LF Conservation and Preservation), who will offer her experience of a surveying photographic collections for their preservation needs (she promises a number of great images of some truly terrible deterioration). With a wide range of professional expertise, following positions held at the University of Southampton, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the National Army Museum, this is a fantastic chance to pose any questions you have about identifying deterioration or how best to preserve your existing photographic collections.

The event is aimed at archivists interested in knowing more about the potential uses of photographic archives, as well as how to identify and catalogue them. The aim is to inspire as much as to educate, and archivists of all levels and experience should find something rewarding from the event.

The programme for the event is as follows:

 17.00-17.30         Welcome and networking (refreshments available)
 17.30-18.15         Presentation (John Falconer, British Library)
 18.15-18.45         Presentation (Lorraine Finch, LF Conservation and Preservation)
 18.45-19.15         Q&A     

19.15                     End

Places for this event are limited, so if you’d like to attend please book directly viaEventbrite -

The Film, Sound & Photography Section is an active group of archivists, conservators and other specialists. We are currently seeking new ARA members to join our committee, in particular, with a background in or experience of working with Film.

Serving as a committee member can be very rewarding. Serving on a committee can help those undertaking Registration gain additional credits and make an effective contribution to the profession as a whole.

If you’d like more information about joining the Section’s committee then please contact Jim Ranahan, Hon. Secretary of the FSPS.