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In a Different Light

Autograph ABP are delighted to announce a new acquisition project generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of HLF’s ‘Collecting Cultures’ initiative.

The project 'In A Different Light' (2016 - 17) will develop Autograph ABP's collection of photographs through strategic acquisition and engaged curation. A selection of newly researched photographic works and film footage will be acquired for the archive to enhance the scope of our collection, and to address critical gaps in our current archive holdings, including early photographs from the 19th century. New acquisitions will render our collection more comprehensive as a primary research and learning resource for the visual representation of Britain's diverse cultural history through photographic portraiture, and provide us with the opportunity 'to see ourselves in a different light'.

Activity Strands

Collections Development
In A Different Light will ensure that Autograph ABP's archive becomes a unique resource with a comprehensive collection that covers the representation of black and diverse communities in Britain from the earliest times to the present day, through photography. The acquisition phase will primarily focus on filling gaps within the existing collection covering both early images depicting Black subjects in Victorian and Edwardian times, as well as historically significant works from the latter half of the 20th century.

Image Bank
A digital platform will be created in sync with our existing image bank providing an accessible online showcase for the project. Once launched, this digital platform will offer opportunities for non-specialist engagement or in-depth enquiry online, supported by a series of interactive audio-visual resources for greater knowledge sharing, engagement and participation.

Think Tanks
Autograph ABP will host a series of roundtable 'think-tank' events with invited audiences of experts and professionals, to help us contextualise all new acquisitions within the specific remit of our commitment to maintain a 'living archive'.

Tool Kit
A professional development tool-kit will be created, helping Autograph ABP become more resilient and better informed. Aspects of this resource will be made available online, providing everyone with the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field in order to strengthen knowledge and understanding of the acquisition processes and the cultural and commercial value of photographic materials.


Renée Mussai, Curator and Head of Archive

Cherelle Sappleton, Project Administrator/Coordinator

  • Unidentified sitter. Glasgow, 1890s. Photographer/Studio: M. Pearlman & Co. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund