Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey

Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey

Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock Abbey
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10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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cennenypedr
Wales752 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Sadly there were just too many people to see anything and spend time looking. Even had there not been covid around (and it still is) the museum was far too crowded. There was a queue of people going up the stairs to see the exhibit up there. We had got upstairs before the queue built up but with the uncomfortable feeling of people breathing down your neck and children kicking at your legs (unintentional but just no space) we got out without seeing anything.
Written February 27, 2022
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rebeljenn
Ruislip, UK891 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
A lot of history and information about the man who invented photography and others who contributed to the invention too. Includes a few examples and personal items and a series of cameras that date back to the late 1800s until modern times. Covid restrictions made reading everything more difficult. You feel that you got to rush some bits and then you're waiting for other people to finish on other bits. Will be better I think when covid restrictions lift.
Written May 26, 2021
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Carol B
Birmingham, UK7,035 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Wednesday 31st January 2024. on our way back home, we drove up towards Chippenham where we went to visit The Fox Talbot Museum and Lacock Abbey under the care of The National Trust.

First of all we went to The Fox Talbert Museum of Photography, which was tells the story of photography and includes all early attempts at making photographs and there is a fine collection of cameras.

The was also an exhibition of ‘Light & Photography’ By Ellen Carey and it showcased her work from negative to digital to the printing of images on fabric.

We found this exhibition very interesting.

Afterwards, we visited Lacock Abbey.
Written February 8, 2024
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sarahpWiltshire
Trowbridge, UK836 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
After visiting Lacock Abbey we visited the Fox Talbot Museum. The museum is very well laid out and very interesting. There is also an additional astronomy exhibition with some stunning photos! Certainly worth a visit!
Written February 4, 2022
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YoungBarbarian
Ashton-under-Lyne, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Visited the Fox Talbot Museum which is located within the entrance barn and is included in the entrance fee. Very informative on photography from the beginning through to current day spanning nearly 200years. Plenty of walks in the grounds and gardens and the Cloisters and Abbey itself were were interesting, with reference to the filming of Harry Potter using the Cloisters for scenes from Hogwarts.
Written July 15, 2021
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Sarah E
Melksham, UK423 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited and it was a quick visit as only the great hall was open. We still enjoyed a good walk around the grounds and museum. The museum is really interesting. Such a pretty place t I walk around.
Written January 19, 2020
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David n
Manchester, UK4,706 contributions
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Oct 2021
... but as this was included in the entrance fee, we did visit. It was good how the entrance staff pointed this exhibition out to us (and the temporary one on the upper floor in astronomy too). Anyhow, it traced the history of photography pretty well enough and it just goes to show how this form has development so rapidly over the past century.
Written October 25, 2021
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Katie G
619 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
The price was including with the entrance ticket to Lacock Abbey. A very interesting display that's worth looking at. A pioneer in photography!
Written April 19, 2022
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Normanta
London, UK518 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
We headed off to our first stop at Lacock Abbey. This was the home of Fox-Talbot a bright early Victorian who developed a reliable method of creating a photographic image. There was a small but interesting exhibition at the reception place. A Frenchman, Daguerre, also developed a photographic process much preferred by many as it gave a finer image. Fox-Talbot’s method created a negative that could be used as a master to create many positive images. This had much more commercial appeal. He eventually came up with the Calotype process which merged the two methods. He had a lot of legal problems in the end and this left him rather disillusioned.
The abbey itself was created in the 13th century and followed the Benedictine rule. Disestablished in the 16th century, it was purchased by a local merchant called Sharington who demolished the church alongside and built a tower and other rooms. It is a pleasant building but very uninspiring as a family home. Look out for the Brito. It's a 14th century dictionary of religious terms. Why it's here and not in the British Library as a national treasure, I don't know.
The latticed window that was the subject of Fox-Talbot’s first photo is there for all to take their own photo of.
We had a bit of lunch in the Stables, the associated cafe. It's National Trust standard but as it's on the village high street, there are other cafes and pubs to consider as well.
We looked in the botanical garden and very pleasant it was too. It is not very large but has handsome borders and a nice greenhouse with a splendid pitcher plant to gobble up insects. Fox-Talbot used flowers as a frequent subject in his photography.
For the little ones, there is acres of space to run around in.
Written August 1, 2016
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Hilary P
reading22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We went many years ago to the photographic museum and it was then very hands on and we loved it, sadly no longer.
We went with our grandchildren aged 12yrs and 9yrs expecting an interactive child friendly vusual display which sadly no longer exists. .what a shame as all we found were cameras behind glass and large glossy information well beyond the average 12yr old, we lost the 9yr old within 4mns of getting in the door.
Not all your National Trust nembers are grown ups and you really missed out here especially as they loved the Abbey and house which interacts far more with the younger generation.
Written August 2, 2017
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