15/01/2018

Second guest blog on the The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné.  The incredible journey of the SS Great Britain from her Brandon Wharf photograph in 1844 to her dry dock across the Bristol floating harbour in 1970.

01/12/2017

My guest blog on the The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné.  The story of Brunel’s Hungerford Bridge in construction captured by Talbot one sunny day in June 1841.

 

03/11/2017

160th anniversary of the SS Great Eastern launch – 90 days of tweets to follow in celebration, ending on January 31st 2018.

 

16/10/2017

British photographic History report – Robert Howlett remembered

 

15/10/2017

02/10/2017

A great report in the Royal Photographic Society Journal October issue Vol 157

 

14/09/2017

One month until the rededication ceremony for Robert Howlett’s restored grave.  Here is a new view of the restored grave:

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08/08/2017

Eastern Daily Press report on grave restoration:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/crowdfunding-appeal-pays-for-grave-of-norfolk-photographer-robert-howlett-who-took-iconic-portrait-of-isambard-kingdom-brunel-1-5139668

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Update 25/07/2017

In response to several kind donations offered after the closing date for Justgiving, a new Justgiving page has been started for donations which are still welcomed.  All funds will be used for the restoration, re-dedication and future care of Robert Howlett’s grave.  Find it here.

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On 20th July I will be presenting a lecture at the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the 160th anniversary of Robert Howlett’s magnificent portrait of IK Brunel.   Two years of research compressed into one hour.  Details below:

Lunchtime Lecture: Isambard Kingdom Brunel: the hidden story behind the iconic image

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Happy 186th Birthday Robert Howlett

In celebration of his birthday, here is a rarely seen image courtesy of George Eastman Museum

“Yard at the Beehive” circa 1855

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Historic England invite volunteers to contribute to their Enriching The List Project.

Here is my contribution to list entry Number: 1423608

Name: Site of the launch ways of the SS Great Eastern

Historic England Ref 1423608