The Centre for Photographic Conservation

Conservation Treatments Archive, Reference Library and Photographic Collections at The Centre for Photographic Conservation

The Centre maintains its CPC Conservation Treatments Archive a Reference Library and two Collections of Photographs; CPC's Teaching Collection and the Moor Private Collection.

CPC Conservation Treatment Archive

The Archive contains all the Surveys, Reports, notes, documentation and copy photographs of preservation and conservation treatment projects undertaken by The Centre since 1972. This information takes the form of printed and written text, black and white and colour photographic prints and colour transparencies, video and computer records.

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CPC's Reference Library

The Centre has a growing Reference Library of predominantly early photographic technical manuals and publications, photographic chemistry and other photographically related publications plus conservation journals, newsletters and photocopies. The Library is used by The Centre's staff and students; we regret that it is not open to the public.

Please note from 2005 the research focus of The Centre will concentrate on ensuring the Photographic Collections and Reference Library are catalogued and preserved and the CPC Conservation Treatment Archive streamlined.

The Centre for Photographic Conservation is a private Conservation and Preservation resource which receives no Grant funding from any source. All The Centre’s Research, Photographic Collections and the Research Library are funded entirely from the Commercial activities of The Centre

The Centre does not have facilities for researchers nor, because of financial and time restraints, do we have a free advice service.

We do however respond to friendly queries when ever possible.

CPC's Teaching Collection

The Centre's Teaching Collection, assembled over 30 years, contains examples of original photographic processes spanning the history of photography ranging from the Heliograph 1822 right through to Thermal prints; the image originating from a digital imaging camera 1996. The collection also contains images which exhibit classic deterioration defects common to specific photographic processes for example, copper corrosion products on Daguerreotype plates, glass decomposition products in Wet-collodion positives and negatives, insoluble argentothiosulphate complexes in silver based prints and oxidation of residual iron salts in platinum prints. This reference material is consulted extensively during the training courses run by The Centre. The collection also includes early photographic equipment, cameras and ephemera.

"Angelatypes" On a less studious note the collection also includes several "Angelatypes" named thus by Roy Flukinger, Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre in Austin Texas. These positive images, produced on a pewter plate using Bitumen of Judea, were the result of one of a number of experiments Ian Moor and Angela Moor undertook whilst doing research into early photographic processes at HRHRC in 1989. The images exhibit a wonderful warmth and colour which are not present in Niecéphore Niépce's Heliographs produced from the same materials, the earliest of which is in the HRHRC's Gernsheim Collection. Angela maintains that she could not repeat this particular experiment without the 80% humidity and blazing sunshine, of which Austin has in abundance. This might be true, or, it could just be a good excuse to return to Austin of which she has very fond memories.

Moor Private Collection

In 1972 the Moors made a positive decision not to collect photographs other than for reference purposes, culminating in the Teaching Collection however, despite sticking to that policy they have still managed to accumulate a sizeable personal collection. The majority of the collection, including images by Fox Talbot, Hill and Adamson, Cameron, Emerson and Sutcliff, is predominantly 19th century, but, it also includes Ponting, Man Ray and many anonymous photographers from both centuries.

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