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Talbot Studies

The Fox Talbot Museum

Located at the entry gate to the Abbey, the Museum commemorates the life and work of William Henry Fox. There is a standing exhibit of Talbot’s accomplishments in many fields and rotating special exhibitions. The largest collection of Talbot’s correspondence is deposited here, along with a good collection of his photographs and experiments.

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Lacock Abbey and Lacock Village

Talbot’s ancestral home in Wiltshire was given by the family to The National Trust. Both the village and the Abbey are well preserved and yield a very good sense of the life and work of Talbot.

National Museums of Scotland

(formerly the Royal Scottish Museum) Chambers Street, Edinburgh.

Miss Matilda Talbot, the inventor's granddaughter, was born and grew up in Scotland before moving to Lacock Abbey. She recalled that much of her grandfather's subsequent work in photography was accomplished whilst living in Scotland. In 1936, she donated a number of pieces of his equipment, plus photographic examples, which are now held in the History of Science Section.

National Media Museum

Located in Bradford, West Yorkshire, the National Media Museum, formerly the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, is an outpost of the Science Museum in London. In the 1930s, Miss Matilda Talbot, the inventor’s granddaughter, donated nearly 6500 of Talbot’s photographs to the Science Museum. These are now deposited in Bradford, along with a small but important collection of his correspondence. Other Talbot donations came from the former Kodak Museum collection and more recently from the collection of the Royal Photographic Society, further strengthening their holdings. There are standing and special exhibitions and a research centre allows public access to the collections.

Wiltshire and the area around Lacock Abbey

A variety of web-based and other resources for historical and biographical research in Wiltshire are indexed within this site.

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