2016 AGM

AHFAP Annual General Meeting Agenda
IWM London, 10 November 2016, 1pm

Apologies for absence
Minutes of last meeting
2015 Minutes for approval (Adobe PDF)
Chair’s report
Treasurer’s report
Membership Secretary’s report
AHFAP legal status review
Legal & Tax review document (adobe PDF)
Motion: The association shall relinquish its current status as an Unincorporated Association and subject to independent legal advice on the conversion process, move to being an Associate Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Elections to the Committee
See 2016 Committee Nominations below
Notice of next meeting
Close of meeting

2016 Committee Nominations
One nomination received
Richard Everett
Photographic Manager
Wellcome Trust

I would like to be considered for election to the post of Chair for the following reasons:

Firstly, having already achieved a number of goals in my photographic career and therefore looking to expand my experience by engaging with a new challenge and, if elected as Chairman of AFHAP, would bring my passion, enthusiasm and experience of the industry to this role. I have 35 years experience working in the field, across a wide range of photographic disciplines, the majority of my career having been in the Cultural Heritage Sector. As Head of the Photographic Department at the Wellcome Trust, my current role has allowed me to develop good leadership, negotiating and strategic skills, whilst remaining both impartial and objective. I have frequently operated at a senior level chairing meetings and special interest groups, whilst more recently acting as a representative for staff in negotiations with the Executive Board on a highly critical issue, for which I received praise on the outcome from both staff and the organisation’s Directorate.

In addition, having worked in the industry for this lengthy period of time has allowed me to build up a wide network of industry contacts, which I would bring to bear in delivering our shared vision for the association. Further I was instrumental in bringing the Preservation Advisory Committee Imaging Group into AFHAP and currently Chair that Special Interest Group (SIG), from which I shall be stepping down in late October.

Building on the excellent work of the current chairman, and with his support, I believe there is much more that the Association could achieve, and if elected I would have the full support of my senior managers in devoting the time that I feel would be required, in working with the committee members to best serve the wider membership of this great Association.

I began my career as a Medical Photographer, qualifying in 1986 at the Royal London Hospital. I also passed / HND in Photography and Design at Twickenham College of Technology. I then went on to spend 3 years working at The British Library as a photographer ending up working mainly in their press department covering many assignments around the country. In the early 90’s I was one of the first students in the country to complete a degree in Electronic Imaging at North East Surrey College of Technology. I have worked in the commercial sector for IPC magazines and Camera Press as well as working as a photographer at Christies Auctioneers, before joining the Wellcome Trust in 1993 where I am now the Photographic Manager responsible for running and developing a team of six Photographers.

No nominations received by the 6 October deadline, but Ivor Kerslake offered to stand on the 23 October.
At the committee meeting held on 7 October, the current incumbent, Ben Gilbert agreed to stand for one more year, but expressed a wish that a replacement be found earlier.

Membership Secretary
One nomination received
Steve Cole
Current Membership Secretary
I am Steve Cole and I have been Membership Secretary of the Association since 2009. During this time I have enjoyed corresponding with members and feel that I have built up a relationship with many of them. After all this time I think I have a pretty good idea of what the job entails and I would be happy to continue in this role for another two years.

Minutes Secretary
No nominations received
At the committee meeting held on 7 October, the current incumbent, Colin Maitland agreed to stand for a full two year term.

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Museum Photography and Digitization Workshop

Text: Kira Zumkley

Images: Kristin Phelps on behalf of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust

This June Dani Tagen, Photographer at the Horniman Museum and Kira Zumkley, Photography Manager at the Science Museum Group embarked on a fantastic opportunity to lead a workshop in museum photography and digitization at the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust for the Cultural Heritage Technology and Innovation initiative. The Trust’s mission is to invest, facilitate and build capacity to continually advance Puerto Rico’s economy and its citizens’ well-being. It is a much-needed effort as Puerto Rico has been experiencing an economic depression for 12 consecutive years which has led to a mass emigration of more than 200 individuals permanently leaving the island every day.

Hearing the stories of the people left behind and about their endeavor to save Puerto Rico’s cultural heritage from disappearing alongside their fellow countrymen has been a humbling experience. But more than that it has been an affirmation of how important it is to create communities, provide education and enable people to preserve their culture and history for generations to come.

Museums and cultural institutions in the United Kingdom are starting to understand that in order to engage people in a dialogue about the past, present and future and to create income; it is more and more necessary to make digital a dimension of everything they do. What would a museum look like without an online presence? Or, imagine museum websites, social media pages, curatorial talks, HLF applications, exhibitions, flyers, posters and publications without accompanying high quality photographs!

These were among the many questions raised during the first day of the workshop which was designed to get the attendants thinking about the benefits of museum photography and digitization. The participants ranged from freelance photographers, to collections staff and even museum directors. The presentation, group exercises and final discussion panel was a great success with more than 50 people attending, many of which had enrolled for the following four days of hands-on training as well.

Workshop attendants photographing an object using focus stacking

The second half of the workshop focused on providing the participants with basic photography and digitization training, tailored to the standards that must be applied when working in the cultural heritage sector such as correct exposure, white balance, colour space, file format and metadata. Feedback was of the highest order with all attendees giving the workshop between 9 and 10 out of 10 points.

First results using the flat copy set up

The willingness to work together across country borders and languages to support cultural heritage and share knowledge is a great opportunity to make our sector stand out and it has been a privilege to work the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust and the people of Puerto Rico.

Group photo from the 2017 Museum Photography and Digitization workshop at the PRSTRT



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