Photographic Collections Network

Photographic Collections Network

At a glance


  • Museums / heritage

Other details

Organisation type: 
Small or unincorporated organisation
Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


 The Photographic Collections Network (PCN) works with existing photographic collections, advocating for and raising their profile nationally. PCN, as a subject specialist network, which provides support for anyone who owns or works with historic photographic collections or has an interest in them. This is predominantly museums, archives, cultural heritage practitioners, photographic researchers and practitioners, students and commercial collection holders. 

There is a lack of support in this sector, meaning that important British photographic collections have been lost or sold and are no longer available to the public. By supporting heritage and historic photographic collections (both public and commercial) we can increase public access, care and knowledge around these important national assets.


PCN supports these groups by sharing knowledge, resources, and tools to care for collections. It creates and fosters networks for those interested in the collections in order to unlock their potential, share and celebrate them with their respective audiences. PCN aims to ensure that the value of photographic collections is acknowledged and maximised for the public benefit, in order that people can understand their own heritage and that of others.

We do this through, advise, best practice sharing, free talks, workshops, events, 1-2-1 care sessions, broking relationships with collection holders and museums/archives, by becoming a charity (we are in the process) we will be able to increase the support we can offer.

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