The Photography Research Group at Plymouth University includes: Jem Southam, photographer and Professor of Photography in the School of Art and Media (leading this project); Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture, writer and curator; David Chandler. Professor of Photography, writer, curator, and former Director of Photoworks. Read their blog here.
The Library of Birmingham holds one of the UK’s National Collections of Photography led by Curator of Photography Collections, Pete James. As well as holding extensive historic photographic collections, Birmingham Library actively collects contemporary photography, and has recently acquired the work and archives of established figures such as Paul Hill and John Blakemore. Pete James is also Co-Director of GRAIN: Photography Hub and Network for the West Midlands.
Redeye Photography Networkis a not-for-profit organisation offering opportunities, information and support for photographers at every level. Based in Manchester, UK, Redeye is led by Director Paul Herrmann and has members and users across the UK and globally.
PARC (Photography and the Archive Research Centre) is based at London College of Communication, University of the Arts. Led by writer and curator Professor Val Williams, PARC commissions research into photography and culture and organises seminars, exhibitions, study days and symposia. The Journal of Photography & Culture is co-hosted by the Centre , and PARC also leads the online Directory of Photographic Collections in the UK.
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries. Between 2010 and 2015, Arts Council England will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery.