The Museum's first photographers
- What:Free talks & tours
- Where:Meeting Point, Grand Entrance
GALLERY TALK: Sir Henry Cole, the first director of the V&A (then the South Kensington Museum), understood how photography could extend the reach of the Museum.
In 1856, he appointed his brother-in-law Charles Thurston Thompson as Museum Photographer. The first museum photographic service was born. The V&A's rehang of photographs from the permanent collection in Gallery 100 includes a focus display of works produced by the Museum's photographers, including Thurston Thompson, members of the Royal Engineers and Isabel Agnes Cowper, the first female to have such a role. Join Photographs cataloguer Erika Lederman in a discussion of the role of the V&A's nineteenth-century staff photographers.