Talbot Workshops in Historic Processes

 Talbot Workshops at Lacock Abbey

  Daguerreotype of Talbot's Open Door, Lacock Abbey

Image by Dusan Stulik, 2011 


The Talbot Workshops in Historic Processes  was founded to bring together world class instructors passionate about early photographic processes and techniques and bring them to the fabulous venue of Lacock Abbey, the birthplace of photography, to offer quality programs unavailable anywhere else. We offer hands-on workshops for artists, conservators, museum professionals and those simply interested in the early history of photography.



  • Beautiful, historic Wiltshire village will act as the backdrop for the workshops. This small village of 88 buildings, none built after the discovery of photography, has been used as the setting for various BBC costume dramas and major motion pictures such as Harry Potter and Wolfman.
  • Our workshops limit the number of participants to insure individual attention and assistance from the instructors
  • We have a modern darkroom located in a medieval barn in the centre of the village. Our equipment includes wet weather facilities so work can go on rain or shine.  Fitting to the property and location, we have recently converted an old horse-box into our new mobile darkroom which allows for sensitive work to go on around the village and abbey grounds.  
  • All equipment is supplied for each workshop so you can travel light. You are welcome to bring along your modern cameras to document the workshop if you wish. Or if you are in a printing workshop and wish to print one of your own large format negatives, feel free to bring it along.
  • The Fox Talbot Museum Curator, Education Coordinator and other staff will be available to offer support and to answer any questions about Lacock or local services.
  • All workshop attendees are given free and exclusive access to the property and museum during the workshop.


Links and Partners

The Fox Talbot Museum

via facebook

Mike Robinson

George Eastman House

Scully & Osterman Studios

Dan Estabrook

Richard Cynan Jones

The National Trust


  • "Being immersed in Fox Talbot's time and place was an extraordinary privilege and pleasure. The workshop itself was a tremendous experience, which continues to effect my head, he..."
    Gary Green
  • ""Dawn of Photography" is one of the most hands- on and inspiring workshops I have ever taken. As a UK resident, I am delighted that Scully & Osterman are now teaching the esote..."
    Malin Sjoberg