Exhibitions and Events

PHOTO AND HISTORY TALK from Carolyn Bloore

The Great Exhibition and ‘The Photographic Rooms’, Derby

Taking the advertisement for ‘The Photographic Rooms (established 1852) at No.2 Midland Road, Derby’ as a starting point, Dr Carolyn Bloore will explore the way in which photographic records made for the Great Exhibition of 1851 may have influenced the development of Winters. Making reference to Hugh Owen, Philip Delamotte and Francis Bedford, she will consider how the emergence of practitioners from different backgrounds, such as Emmanuel Nicholas Charles (c.1828-1863) and Walter William Winter (1842-1924), could become successful photographic artists and photographers. Drawing on her past research for A Vision Exchanged, (London:V&A, 1985), Amateurs, Photography and the Mid-Victorian Imagination, (University of Chicago Press, 1986), and Photography and Printmaking 1840-1860, (University of Reading, 1990) she seeks to put in context the early commercial success and longevity of Winter’s Derby studio.

WHEN: Tuesday 2nd April 2019, 6.00pm for a 6.15pm start

WHERE: The Heap Lecture Theatre, University of Derby, Keddleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB

Free Parking On Site

Admission: Members £4.50 / Non-members £6 (includes complimentary drink)
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE – please RSVP to friends@wwwinter.co.uk or by phone on 01332 345224 by Friday 29th February 2019


Photographic prints from The W W Winter Photo Archive

A rich and nostalgic exhibition of images taken from the 2017 anniversary exhibition at Derby Museum: Glimpse inside the workshop at Derby’s Lancaster & Thorpe Opticians; notice the men in their cloth caps painting the lines on the road with Thomas Coleman Engineering Ltd equipment (another Derby Firm); see the women on the factory floor packaging up the famous ‘Snowfire’ ointment by Derby chemists F. W. Hampshire; examine the shops in St Peter’s Street!

Copies of the images on display will be available to purchase directly from W W Winter (phone 01332 345224, email office@wwwinter.co.uk)

WHEN: From 18 March 2019 to September (tbc)

WHERE: Level 4 corridor, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby DE22 3NE

Admission: Free

PHOTO AND HISTORY TALK from Denis Pellerin

The Development of the Stereoscope and how it came to dominate the Victorian Sitting Room

Denis Pellerin is an important photo-historian, author, and curator of  Dr. Brian May’s London Stereoscope Company.

In his talk he will address the many historical, technical, aesthetic and sociological issues in the history of the stereoscope. It will be illustrated with numerous great and/or surprising pictures.

WHEN: Tuesday 12th February 2019, 6.30pm for a 7pm start

WHERE: Room OL1, University of Derby, Keddleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB

Free Parking On Site

Admission: Members £4.50 / Non-members £6 (includes complimentary drink)
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE – please RSVP to friends@wwwinter.co.uk or by phone on 01332 345224 by Friday 8th February 2019

PHOTO AND HISTORY TALK from Michael Pritchard FRPS

Derby, The Royal Photographic Society and the History of Photography

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS is Director of Education and Public Affairs for The Royal Photographic Society. He is one of the country’s leading photo historians and is widely respected in the photographic community in the UK and overseas.  He writes and speaks extensively.

His latest publication The History of Photography in 50 Cameras has received excellent reviews and his next work Selling Photography: The Growth of British Photographic Manufacturing and Retailing, 1839–1914 is forthcoming.

He also maintains British Photographic History, a weekly blog supported by some 3,000 members around the world.

WHEN: Wednesday 12 December 2018, 6.30pm for a 7pm start

WHERE: Room OL1, University of Derby, Keddleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB

Free Parking On Site

Admission: Members £4.50 / Non-members £6 (includes complimentary drink)
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE – please RSVP to friends@wwwinter.co.uk or by phone on 01332 345224 by Monday 10th December 2018


An entertaining and informative talk from Geoff Blackwell examining the ways in which photography has been used and abused by the designers and postal authorities around the globe. Some sad, some amusing and some celebratory examples  from the world of philately as it collides with the world of photography.

WHEN: Wednesday 17 October 2018, 6.30pm for a 7pm start

WHERE: Room OL1, University of Derby, Keddleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB

Free Parking On Site

Admission: Members £4.50 / Non-members £6 (includes complimentary drink)
LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE – please RSVP to friends@wwwinter.co.uk or by phone on 01332 345224 by Monday 15th October 2018


FREE Heritage Tours around the W. W. Winter Victorian photo studios.

A working photography studio in Derby operating on the same purpose built site since 1867, W W Winter has retained much of its heritage which will be displayed throughout the original studio, waiting rooms, and daylight retouching rooms.

W W Winter holds a collection of portraits and industrial photographs dating back to the 1850’s, a sample of which will be on display throughout the building, alongside vintage cameras, printing equipment, studio backdrops and photographic ephemera!

In line with this year’s Heritage Open Days theme of  ‘Extraordinary Women’ we will be featuring a mini exhibition of portraits of women, including Queen Mary, a young Princess Elizabeth, Sarah Winter (wife of Walter William Winter), and female staff from the early 1900’s.

All items and rooms are clearly labelled so you can fully enjoy the tour at your own pace, and members of the Friends of Winters Heritage Group will be on hand to help you get the most from your visit.

This event is a must for all heritage and photography enthusiasts!

Thursday 6 to Saturday 8 September – Tours at 10am and 1pm

W W Winter, 45 Midland Road, Derby DE1 2SP

Cost: FREE

Booking is essential due to limited places.
Book now on 01332 345224 or email office@wwwinter.co.uk

FROM NEWSPAPERS TO ART GALLERIES – the journey of a photographer

Nick Lockett shares tales with us from his roller-coaster forty year career as a top photographer. You will see lots of his eye-catching images and hear the stories behind them. He began as a newspaper snapper, then worked in magazines and advertising. For twenty-five years he was Chief Photographer and Head of Pictures for ITV the broadcaster, producing still images and picture publicity on TV programmes as diverse as Inspector Morse, Spitting Image and Pop Idol. Now he lectures in photography, video and digital imaging at De Montfort University and makes and exhibits his own work. Much of his personal landscape photography is concerned with ancient sites and trackways near his home in the Peak District. He works digitally, but also has a passion for large format photography, often making pictures at night. He has a busy commercial photography practice and is a very experienced photography workshop leader for the Photographers’ Place and the Royal Photographic Society. His work has been widely published in books and magazines, and has been exhibited in the UK and abroad.
Held at University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Tuesday 10th July 2018.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

This exhibition features a Victorian era camera, plate holder, and developing frame, and an example of a 10 x 12 inch glass plate negative from the W W Winter Heritage Archive.


This major new exhibition on tour direct from the National Portrait Gallery brings together the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander, and Clementina Hawarden.

These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era. Their experimental approach to picture-making and radical attitudes towards photography have informed artistic practice ever since.

Victorian Giants is the first exhibition to examine the relationship between these four ground-breaking artists. Drawn from public and private collections internationally, it features some of the most breath-taking images in photographic history, including many which have not been seen in Britain since they were made.

Discover striking portraits of celebrated sitters, including Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederic Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

A selection of images will be accompanied by personal captions written by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who has also written the foreword for the exhibition catalogue.

The Millennium Gallery is the only UK venue for this acclaimed exhibition outside London.

Museum Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP, Saturday 30 June 2018 – Sunday 23 September 2018

History Through the Lens – the launch of The W W Winter Heritage Trust

Speakers: Jonathan Wallis, Head of Museums Derby; Geoff Blackwell (in place of Dr Michael Pritchard), The Royal Photographic Society; Jane Middleton-Smith, Curatorial Adviser to W W Winter
Held at University of Derby, Britannia Mill, Mackworth Road, Derby, 24th May 2018.

Developing & Redeveloping

An exhibition of newly-discovered photographs of Derby Cathedral found in the archives of W. W. Winter Ltd, Derby—possibly the world’s oldest purpose-built photography studio, 6 April – 25 May 2018.
All of the photographs have been hand-developed from the original glass plate negatives by Daniel T. Wheeler at The Photo Parlour, Nottingham—a traditional, fully-equipped community darkroom and teaching space.

This exhibition is part of The Grand Tour, showcasing the diverse richness of art, architecture and landscape Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have to offer.
Supported by Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations fund and The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
A BBC article about the exhibition can be found here.

People Places Things

This exhibition explored early studio photography from 1852 onwards focussing on the collection of W. W. Winter Studio in Derby, one of the oldest running studios in the world.
Over the last 170 years the Winter photographers have recorded Derby and the people and things that were both important and commonplace in the town as it grew into the city that we know today.

The exhibition was curated by Greg Hobson for FORMAT International Photography Festival in conjunction with Derby Museums.
FORMAT International Photography Festival is the UK’s most significant biennale of photography. In 2017 the festival was curated around the theme of HABITAT which explores ideas of landscape, environment, mobility, migrations, digital worlds, home, displacement, conflict and regeneration, including work that considers our impact on the world locally and internationally.
The exhibition took place at Derby Museum and Art Gallery from 24 March to 11 June 2017. www.formatfestival.com
An exhibition catalogue is available to buy direct from W W Winter and can be posted to any mainland UK address.

QUAD 8 APRIL 2017 11:00 – 17:00
A one-day symposium presented with support from the new Photography Collections Network to coincide with the exhibition People, Places and Things: the W. W. Winter Archive. The speakers explored issues and projects relating to the preservation of studio archives.

A copy of the FORMAT17 guide can be viewed online here