About us

AHFAP was founded in April 1985 by groups of photographers in the photographic studios at some of the national museums in London. Hitherto these studios were working in isolation from each other and there was little communication between them. It was recognised that closer ties would benefit the profession and the association has met regularly ever since with an annual conference held in London. It produced a journal of papers each year, which has now been overtaken by the website, where they are archived, and had occasional regional meetings in the north of England.

The association’s main function is to raise the profile of image professionals in the cultural heritage sector and to encourage the exchange of professional knowledge and experience. There are now over 330 members in the UK and Ireland in all types of cultural institutions, from the largest museums to small commercial galleries and freelance fine art photographers.

Membership benefits

  • Access to a network of over 330 fellow photographic and imaging professionals working in the UK and Irish cultural heritage sector
  • Reduced rate entrance to the world’s oldest-established annual conference dedicated solely to cultural heritage photographic and imaging professionals
  • Optional paid (£15 pa) listing for members in the AHFAP website directory of imaging professionals who offer commercial imaging services. This is supported by the Collections Trust’s ‘Going Digital’ programme
  • Free space to advertise job opportunities

Image professionals are warmly invited to join, see the Join us page for full details.