Sunday, September 23, 2007

Photography at the Fitzwilliam Museum (UK)

Fitzwilliam Museum Home Page
This will have only a very localized relevance to people visiting musums in the U.K., but I thought it might be of use to some. I recently emailed the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (U.K.) to ask whether they permitted photography for non-commercial purposes, and their answer came back yesterday.

Photography is not permitted in any of the galleries, although scholars and students may write to the Museum Adminsitration with a request to take photographs for their private study or research. Such requests are passed for approval to the Keeper of the collection and it is therefore essential to be clear about the object(s) in question (ideally by accession number, but certainly by gallery and description). Private photography has to be arranged outside public opening hours, so the opportunities are restricted.

There are a number of online exhibitions which show artefacts held in the museum's Egyptology collections.

The museum does have a photography department which can supply thousands of photographs,for a fee (the price list is online, in PDF format - for details see the Photography Department pages. Images are also available via the Bridgeman Art Library. The Bridgeman does have a search engine for images.

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