Events Programme

A White House on Paradise Street is part of Developed In Birmingham, a dynamic season of events and activities about early photography being held in Birmingham from June-September 2017. For details of how to get involved with additional workshops, exhibitions, talks and demonstrations please visit

A White House on Paradise Street Exhibition at BOM (Birmingham Open Media)

An exhibition by BOM fellows, inspired by the absence of potentially the first daguerreotype photograph made in England. More details about the exhibition are available here.

17 June – 19 August 2017 (Wednesday to Saturday 12 ’til 5pm)
Admission: free.

Exhibition Preview

Join us in the gallery for drinks to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition.

Friday 16th June 5-6.30pm
Admission: free, no booking required.

Artists and Curator’s Talk

Join BOM fellows Jo Gane, Leon Trimble and Pete James to discuss the making of A White House on Paradise Street. Learn about the research and ideas behind the project alongside discovering how the project was developed.

27th June 12-1.30pm.
Admission: free, please book a space via this link.

Family Pinhole Photography Workshop

Suitable for children age 7+ and families. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Join BOM fellow Jo Gane for the opportunity to construct a working pinhole camera from recycled materials, then produce portrait images against a painted 19th Century style backdrop.

This workshop will enable you to build a pinhole camera and then make and process analogue negative images on silver gelatin paper in a photographic darkroom. You can then print your negatives using both analogue techniques and your own smartphone technology.

You will be given the opportunity to experiment and photograph a variety of things using your pinhole camera, from portraits in a mock 19th Century portrait studio to exploring the architecture surrounding the gallery, using slow exposure times to produce experimental images exploring movement that look very different to images you may be used to making using digital technology

This workshop will offer an insight into 19th Century portraiture and the art of sitting still to have your photograph taken.

8th July 12 – 3pm
Admission: £3, please book via this link.

Build Your Own Wolcott Camera Workshop

Suitable for adults, families, photography students.

Join BOM fellow Jo Gane to discover more about the historic Wolcott daguerreotype camera and build your own working version of the camera using cardboard, tape and a concave mirror.

22nd July 11-1pm
Admission: £10, please book via this link.

Online and Live Performance

Careful observation of the camera live streams or at the camera locations during this period may reveal some characters from 1840s Birmingham within the contemporary cityscape.

16th August 1-2:30pm
Admission: free, see the livestream page to view the event.