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Philip Hatfield
Curator, writer and photographer
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Above: early Canadian aerial photography from the Colonial Copyright Collection, from Wikimedia Commons. This summer, to mark Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations, the British Library will be displaying a selection of photographs from its Colonial Copyright Photograph Collection under the title, 'Canada Through the Lens'. The photographs contained in the collection... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Maps and views blog
Above: the Northwest Passage as charted by Capt. Robert McClure. Chart shewing the Northwest Passage discovered by Capt. Robert le M. M’Clure [Maps.982 (51)]. Yesterday The Guardian broke the news that, after over 160 years of searching for the ships commanded by Sir John Franklin on his doomed expedition, HMS... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Maps and views blog
Above: a map of Manhattan from the US subset. A funny thing happened last week as I noticed that the Georeferencer project's current phase had stalled around the 32% mark. Having checked on the project progress bar for a few days I decided we had lost momentum on the project,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Maps and views blog
Above: Portolan chart of the North-West coast of Europe, including all of France, the British Isles and Ireland, Grazioso Benincasa [1473, Egerton MS 2855, f.8r]. File at Wiki Commons. Over the past few years the British Library has been working with the Pelagios project, making innovative use of historic manuscript... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Maps and views blog
Reading room of the British Museum Library, from the collections of the British Library Something new for Curator’s Camera today and a subject I never thought I’d write about, here’s a blog about the BBC’s Sherlock. Specifically, the final episode of season three and the role of Magnussen’s palace of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at The Curator's Camera:
Bookish kittens, what more could you possibly want? Image from Wikimedia Commons It's World Cat Day and the British Library has added more photographs of our feline friends to the Internet (as well as many other images of historical Canadiana). Head on over to the British Library Americas Blog for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
One of the photographs used in 'Canada Through a Lens'. You can find the Commons version here. Following on from the earlier post about the Picturing Canada project going live there's now a longer piece about the collection on The Public Domain Review, click here to see 'Canada Through a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Miners buying licenses in Victoria, BC, before heading to the Klondike. One of the many images from the collection. [After a number of weeks dominated by cycling and charities normal service resumes on Curator's Camera] Tomorrow is a day I've been looking forward to, I'll be announcing that a collection... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Janet (pictured) and Mad (behind the camera) enjoy the Turner Contemporary. It's a few days since the B2E Wheelers rolled into Margate and completed their cross country ride and you've seen the round up posts I did on the third and fourth days. It struck me that it would be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
I won't build your hopes up, it's a short post again today! Chris and I are done, over 250 miles have been cycled and many photos have been taken at the Turner Contemporary today. We had a great time and have raised over £6,000 for the Heart of Kent Hospice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Day three begins with some free advertising for our hotel. Evening all! A short post tonight as while we are nearly there I can feel the 190 miles Chris and I have already covered, meaning dinner and an early bed call. I will share some photos with you though -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Day 2, Lesson 1 - level crossings hurt when you put 70 miles under your belt the day before. Greetings from Pulborough! As I write I'm looking over a delightful view down into the area's valleys thinking that it's beautiful but also being reminded just how stiff some of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
The day has now been and gone, the B2E Wheelers have rolled across their first part of the English countryside and, overall, it has been a success. The last part of that statement is probably not a universal rule, but more on that once we get outside of Hampshire... Chris... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Above: not Chris' phone but that of an unfortunate user of Wikimedia Commons. As the B2E Wheelers pack up prior to heading down to Bristol here's a short story of Chris' last ride (aka: you can't make a fundraiser without breaking a few iPhones) I had planned the morning of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Honestly, I think he would... Thank you, to every single one of you who has dug deep to support the Meningitis Trust and Heart of Kent Hospice. Chris and I have been bowled over by your generousity and we're pleased to have reached our target of £5,000 to split between... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Chris gets his first taste of competition cycling. Photograph by SportivePhoto. Having tested himself with a competitive ride around Kent last weekend Chris fills us in on his progress with a first guest post. Sunday 28th April was a beautiful, fresh day so just perfect for the Heart of Kent... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Starting to get excited - perhaps too excited... While June is still a little while away excitement is starting to build in the two B2E Wheelers camps (see above for one example). Why is this? Mostly it's down to all of you, we've already raised £2,000 (even more with wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
The B2E Wheelers hit the road for the first time... will it end well? With only 68 days to go until the B2E Wheelers hit the road Chris and I decided we should do our first joint training today, a warm up if you will. Of course, in keeping with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Giusto Cerutti copes with one of the many possible problems facing the B2E Wheelers. From Wikimedia Commons. A break from usual service on Curator's Camera to talk about a weekend project; preparing to cycle from Bristol to Margate in early June, 2013. The point of this tour of the south... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Photograph of some of the celebrations for the 1908 Tercentenary of Quebec, form the British Library. At work I'm in the process of digitising a collection of Canadian photographs the Library holds, an example from the collection can be seen above. Last week saw the majority of the digitisation finished... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Cricket on the Campo Grande, San Salvador. Image from the British Library Americas blog. I love it. Sport infrequently graces the roll of Curator's Camera but today is one of those days. Back in 2012 I wrote a paper for a conference at the British Library on cricket in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Orphans being taken aboard HMS Vidal, June 1956. From the National Archives on Flickr. The National Archives of the UK have recently been adding photographs from their collections to their Flickr feed and they are well worth a look. Originally this post was to be about the recently uploaded Australian... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
Ightham Mote in the Fall. By PJHatfield. Late on in 2012 I took a trip to Ightham Mote in Kent, as you can see it's a beautiful country house with the most horrendous to spell name in the world. It is also quintisentially British. In writing this I'm not refering... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
'Bear's Belly' by E. S. Curtis (1908). For more, see the British Library Americas blog. During the week I had the pleasure of spending time with Edward Curtis' gigantic photographic project, 'The North American Indian'. Published between 1907 and 1930 the work attempted to comprehensively depict the various Native American... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2013 at The Curator's Camera:
17th century map of Nevis and St. Christopher (St. Kitts), via I love maps, which means my job has quite a number of perks as the Library holds a large number of very old maps of Canada, the Caribbean and the rest of the world. A few days ago... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 14, 2013 at The Curator's Camera: