The Police and Photography in the early years of invention, 1840-80

  • Scotland

  • 24 November 2017

  • 11:00
  • FREE

Dr Sara Stevenson, National Museums Scotland

From the early nineteenth century, western society became increasingly mobile – population growth, economic booms and failures, and new forms of transport, from railways to steamships, encouraged people to travel throughout the world. The invention of photography put a new and supposedly accurate way of seeing into the hands of ethnologists, anthropologists and the police. This talk will look at the way the pioneering individuals tried photography in their work.

This talk is part of a series around National Records of Scotland exhibition ‘Rogues Gallery: Faces of Crime 1870-1917’ in the Matheson Dome, General Register House, 25 Oct – 1 Dec 2017, Monday to Friday, 09:30-4:30pm.

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