University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Public talk on The Historical Photographs of China project

06 March 2015 (15:30-17:00)

Rebecca Jin
Provost Office
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In addition to the 10th anniversary public lecture, Professor Bickers will deliver a public talk on 'The Historical Photographs of China project’.

About the talk

Since 2006 a small team at Bristol University has located, digitised and published online 9,000 historic photographs of China. Twice that number are being processed, and more arrive every month, Mainly sourced from families living in Britain with historical connections to China, these cover the period 1857-1950, range geographically across rural and urban China - including nineteenth century Ningbo - and were taken by professionals, talented amateurs and lucky snap-shotters, and form a rich, virtual archive.  Professor Robert Bickers, as project director, will introduce the project, and its aims, progress and challenges at the talk.

Speaker biography

Robert Bickers is Professor of History at the University of Bristol. Amongst other books he is the author of Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai (2003) and The Scramble for China: Foreign devils in the Qing empire, 1832-1914 (2004). He directs the 'Historical Photographs of China' project, at Bristol University, and is a Co-Director of the AHRC-funded British Inter-university China Centre. He is interested also in cemeteries and photographs and their post-colonial lives, clipper ships, lighthouses and meteorology in China. His most recent book is Getting Stuck in for Shanghai: Putting the Kibosh on the Kaiser from the Bund (Penguin, 2014).