Julia Margaret Cameron at 200 Conference & Symposium

With the Julia Margaret Cameron photograph exhibit currently underway in London at V&A Museum, I wanted to share the news of an  upcoming 'Cameron' themed conference.

Julia Margaret Cameron at 200 
Conference & Symposium
Fri - 15 January, 2016- 10:00-17:15
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
£35, £30 concessions, £15 students

This one-day conference will present new research on the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's social, religious, colonial and artistic contexts. International speakers will explore themes such as Cameron’s experimental techniques and exchanges with other artists and her lasting impact and relevance for contemporary practitioners. The details of the day are as follows:


10.00 -10.30 Coffee and Registration
10.30 Welcome and Introduction, Matilda Pye, Department of Learning

New Research
Marta Weiss, Curator of Photographs, V&A
Erika Lederman, Researcher, V&A

11.15 Chance. Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
11.45 Little Holland House. Barbara Bryant, Independent Scholar

12.15 Discussion

13.00 Lunch Break

14.00 Religion. Joanne Lukitsh, Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
14.30 Class and Colonialism. Juliet Hacking, Programme Director, MA Photography, Sotheby’s Institute
15.00 The Herschel Album. Colin Ford, Founding Director of Bradford in conversation with Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs, V&A

15.45 Refreshments

16.10 Legacies.
Cameron and Sri Lanka. Sunara Begum, Visual-Anthro-Mythologist
Cameron and Dimbola Lodge. Tracy Shields, Screenwriter

17.00 Closing Remarks

17.15 Close

To purchase tickets and for more information, V&A Museum

Also, I wanted to share two photographs one of Julia Margaret Cameron at her piano, with her son, and one of her husband Charles Hay Cameron. You will notice on Charles' photograph taped above and below it is a newspaper article about his death from 1880. I have typed it up verbatim below, so anyone inteterested can read it.

 Julia Margaret Cameron at the piano, with her son, albumen print, 1863, by Oscar Gustave Rejlander
  This photograph was taken at Julia Margaret Cameron's home Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight

Charles Hay Cameron photographed by his wife Julia Margaret Cameron, 
a head and shoulder portrait against a cloth background, albumen print,

Esq. 1880

Very many of our readers will share our regret on learning of the death at Nuwara Eliya on Saturday last of this veteran Anglo-Indian civilian, whose name has been so closely connected with the administrative history of Ceylon. More than half-a-century has elapsed since Mr. Cameron and Lieut. Colonel Colebrooke arrived from Madras as Commissioners of Enquiry appointed to report upon all matters connected with the administration of the Government of the Island. Their full and able reports constituted the basis of most important reforms, including the establishment of Executive and Legislative Councils, and the promulgation of a new Charter of Justice for the Colony based chiefly on Mr. Cameron’s report and suggestions which dealt specially with the judicial system. Had Mr. Cameron’s work been done in the present day, he would have been decorated and rapidly promoted, but in the “days of old,” prior to the advent of mail-steamers, railways, telegraphs, and a ubiquitous press, “out of sight” was too often “out of mind.” As we have said, however, Mr. Cameron’s name should ever be held in high esteem in this Island both on account of his good works and of his own high personal character. It will be remembered that Mr. and Mrs. Cameron gave up their home in the Isle of Wight to come to Ceylon, the adopted land of several sons, in November 1875, Mr. Cameron being then in his 80th year. After a couple of years’ residence a visit to the old country was paid, and in November 1878 Mr. and Mrs. Cameron again returned to Ceylon. Very shortly after, Mrs. Cameron was struck down in Jan. 1879, under circumstances which will be fresh in the memory of our readers, and now the aged veteran has been called to follow his life-long companion, “his own end “being as peaceful and calm” as the sorrowing relatives who watched over him could have desired. Mr. Cameron’s remains have been conveyed from Nuwara Eliya to the Bogawantalawa Churchyard and interred bedside those of Mrs. Cameron.

Bogawantalawa Church, (Ceylon) now Sri Lanka

Graves of Charles Hay Cameron and Julia Margaret Cameron buried behind Bogawantalawa Church,
 Sri Lanka


Pamela Britley said…
What an interesting find. I love the photographs. I wish I could attend the conference. Thanks for sharing.
Kevin Marsh said…
Hello Kimberly,

This looks interesting and would like to attend but unfortunately I'm off to York on 15th January.