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Colin Ford Lecture at the Bodleian

A portrait of Julia Margaret Cameron by GF Watts - copyright National Portrait Gallery 2

Julia Margaret Cameron by GF Watts – © National Portrait Gallery

The Colin Ford Lecture 2024 and Birthday Celebration

The subject of the Colin Ford Lecture 2024 is “Letters from the Life of Julia Margaret Cameron”, to be held at the Weston Library on 13 May, 6-7.15pm. Held on the occasion of his 90th birthday, this event celebrates Univ alumnus Colin Ford CBE’s (1952, English) contribution to the field of photo history, and in particular his forensic research into the life and work of the renowned Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, whose Catalogue Raisonne (the first ever for a photographer) he co-wrote.

The event will include live readings from correspondence between Julia Margaret Cameron and Lord Alfred Tennyson, GF Watts, Sir John Herschel and Anne Thackeray Ritchie, including newly discovered letters, animated by a distinguished team including actor Timothy West CBE and writer/broadcaster Lynne Truss.

Colin Ford CBE was the first curator of photography and film at the National Portrait Gallery and in the 1980s founded what was then called The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, which became the most popular museum outside London. Later he ran the National Museums of Wales, which includes ten separate institutions.

Admission is free, but booking is required. Please find full registration details on the Bodleian Library website.

Published: 9 May 2024

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