2017 Conference

The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography will be holding its 2017 Conference on Monday 6 November at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridge. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Shuttle bus information
The shuttle buses at Royston and Whittlesford Parkway station will wait outside the exits nearest to the Cambridge bound platforms, at Royston it will be in the car park. There will be a sign in the front of each bus saying “AHFAP CONFERENCE 2017” and the bus company is called Richmond’s.

The drivers know the trains they are meeting and have been asked to wait if the trains are delayed. They also have the number of our events officer if there are any further problems. Assuming the trains arrive on time the buses will leave promptly at the scheduled times, 8.55 from Royston and 9.20 from Whittlesford Parkway, and will take you directly to the conference centre.

The return buses will be outside the conference centre at 5.30 and will depart promptly at 5.40, one to each station and a sign will be in the front of each bus with the destination.

If you booked a bus ticket on behalf of your colleagues, please pass this information onto them as we cannot send this information to them.

If you have any further queries please reply to Denise King: Denise.King@ng-london.org.uk

Conference MarketPlace
A selection of suppliers and manufacturers will be present, full details are on the 2017 Conference Sponsors page.

Twitter hashtag #ahfap17

We are also delighted to announce we have Simon Norfolk giving the keynote which we hope will set the scene for an incredibly inspiring conference. Simon is a Nigerian photographer from Lagos. He is known for his architectural photography and has won a World Press Photo award, Foreign Press Club of America Award, Citibank Prize, European Publishers Award for Photography and the Infinity Prize from International Center of Photography. His works have been collected by Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Tate Modern, London. His most notable publications are For Most of it I Have No Words (1998) and Bleed (2005).


Print Exhibition

In addition, this year we are celebrating our work as photographers by running a print exhibition in the fantastic space around the auditorium, showcasing our best work as photographers within our respective organisations and as AHFAP members.

Our aim for the exhibition is to celebrate the breadth and depth of the work produced by our members and to showcase the creativity that is an inherent part of our industry.

Day One – Timetable
See the Conference abstracts page – for full details of the talks.

9:00 Registration, tea & coffee
10:00 Chair Welcome and introduction
10:05 Simon Norfolk Keynote: Photographing time’s thick layeriness
10:45 Richard Ash & Damon Cleary Representing Contemporary Conflict
11:15 James O. Davies The Post-War Private House, a photographic narrative
11:45 Susan Pettigrew & Scott Renton A Lengthy Challenge, photographing an Indian manuscript scroll
12:00 Lunch (until 13:30)
13:00 AGM
13:30 Kira Zumkley Bridging the Gap—A client-focused approach to collections photography
14:00 Linda Marchant & Hugh Hamilton Bridges and Pipelines: Working with Students and Industry
14:30 David John Lake How can photography capture and promote the cultural heritage, memory, sounds and spirit of ancient reconstructed musical instruments?
15:00 Afternoon break
15:30 Colin Maitland The Phound Photograph—an entertainment
16:00 Strephon Duckering Beauty in the Mud, recent archaeological images
16:30 Steve Cole I wrote a book—you could too
16:45 Sarah Duncan Photographing Human Remains
17:00 Liz Dewar The Skeletons in the Closet at the Royal Academy
17:15 Conference closes
17:15 Drinks Reception  (until 18:30)

Note: This programme is provisional and the association reserves the right to make reasonable alterations and substitutions without prior notice. E&OE.

Day Two – Program and online booking
The programme will consist of the following Open Studios:

Cambridge University Library
Four tours for 12 people at 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 & 15:00

Imperial War Museum – Duxford
One tour for 8 People at 11:00
Just added: one additional tour at 2pm

The Fitzwilliam Museum
Four tours for 10 people at 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00

Capture, Digitise & More – Dtek and Phase One
Rosalind Franklin Pavilion, Wellcome Genome Campus (on-site with the AHFAP Conference)
One sponsor workshop for 25 People at 10:00

To read more and to book place go to the Day Two webpage.

Tickets and Travel

Please read this section carefully.

The venue is situated in the Cambridgeshire countryside 30 minutes from the centre of Cambridge by car. There are various travel options including AHFAP conference delegates only shuttle buses from two national rail stations.

A parking permit is required. When booking your conference ticket please add the required number of permits, the permit will be emailed to you in the run up to the conference..

From the South:
Leave the M11 at junction 9 (signed A11 Newmarket) and take the first exit signed A1301 towards Cambridge. From the roundabout take the first left (about 800 m). At the next small roundabout follow the signpost left for the ‘Genome Campus’.

From the North:
Leave the M11 at junction 10 (note that M11 junction 9 is restricted and only accessible from the South). Turn left at the roundabout and straight over the next roundabout. Travel a mile or so on the A505 in the direction of Saffron Walden. At the next roundabout take the third exit (signed A1301 towards Saffron Walden). Pass two turnings to Hinxton village (these go to the village only), and take a right, at the next roundabout, signposted on to the Genome Campus.

Car sharing
We actively encourage all of our delegates to share journeys to and from the Campus where possible.

There will be two AHFAP conference delegates only shuttle buses from Whittlesford Parkway & Royston to meet the morning trains detailed below, the buses will also return you back to the station you booked in the evening. The return ticket costs £5 and must be booked when booking your conference tickets.

Whittlesford Parkway is on the Cambridge-London Liverpool Street line and Royston on the Cambridge-London Kings Cross line. The journey time from London is around one hour. Cambridge is the closest railway hub, it is on both the London King’s Cross and the London Liverpool Street line, and also serves trains coming from the north and midlands.

The Whittlesford Parkway shuttle bus will leave the station at 9.20am to arrive at the conference centre at 9.35am, this caters for the following trains:

7:58am from London Liverpool St
8:48am train from Cambridge

The Royston shuttle bus will leave the station at 8:55am to arrive at the conference centre at 9.25am, catering for the 8:14am train from London Kings Cross

The two shuttle buses will depart the conference centre at 5.40pm to arrive at Whittlesford Parkway at 5.55pm and Royston at 6.10pm.

All shuttle bus times are approximate, the buses will wait for any delayed trains.

Please note that Whittlesford and Great Chesterford stations do not have a taxi rank or telephone: use either Cambridge or Audley End stations if a taxi has not been pre-booked.


Earlybird prices are due to end on 10 September. EXTENDED TO 2nd OCTOBER.

Earlybird AHFAP Members – £35 (normal price £45)
Earlybird Non-members – £100 (normal price £125)

Don’t forget to consider entering the Brian Tremain Award here to receive funding to attend the conference.

To register and pay for a ticket, please use our external booking facility (hosted by Eventbrite). To pay by invoice or cheque, please select the amount of tickets you require and select “Show other payment options” under the Order Now button, then click the Pay Offline button and follow the instructions to complete your registration.

Please note: you do not need a Paypal account to pay by Paypal, select ‘Pay with a credit or debit card’ when at the order summary page.

Lunch is included. If you have any dietary requirements please contact the conference team.


We have secured a number of discounted rooms within the on-site hotel facility, rooms will only be held exclusively for AHFAP until 25th August.

Single occupancy rooms will be charged at £74.50 +VAT per room per night.
Double / twin occupancy rooms will be charged at £90.25 +VAT per room per night.

In order to book please contact the Wellcome Reception team directly at conference.reception@wellcomegenomecampus.org or on 01223 495000 and quote “AHFAP”.

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Venue website https://conferencecentre.wellcomegenomecampus.org/

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