A New Power: The symposium

A brown and white photograph of Oxford High Street

‘High Street, Oxford’, William Henry Fox Talbot Archive Collection, Bodleian Libraries


A New Power: The symposium

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  Saturday 18 March 2023


  Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library

  Free event, booking required

This conference is now fully booked.

About the event 

The announcement of photography’s invention in January 1839 introduced a ‘new power’ into British life that was soon exploited by those interested in commerce, science, culture, journalism and art. This day-long symposium considers how the first fifty years of photography in Britain intersected with the nation’s growing modernity, revealing photography’s crucial role in making Britain the society it is today.

Download the symposium programme (PDF).

A reception will follow the symposium, 5.45pm–6.30pm.

 Booking information

Registration is essential for attending this event. When you have booked your place the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.


Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.

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