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Theme: Snapshot of Time

Learn about the life and work of celebrated photographers, view the winning entries in Virgin Trains' amazing photographic competition, and join in the discussion around the fascinating Shaping the Body exhibition.

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Wed
15
Jun

Lee Miller: A Woman’s War

Lee Miller is recognised today as one of the most important female war photographers of the 20th century. Hilary Roberts of the Imperial War Museum traces Miller’s remarkable career as a photographer for Vogue Magazine during World War Two. Find out how Miller’s work helps us understand the impact of modern conflict on women’s lives.

Sat
11
Jun

A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton

Described as ‘Rip Van With-It’ by Cyril Connolly, and a dandy by others, Cecil Beaton’s influence was extensive in his lifetime and continues to grow long after his death. Fashion historian Benjamin Wild makes use of archive material and conversations with some of Beaton’s tailors to consider his personal style and sartorial legacy.

Thu
9
Jun

Shaping the Body: A Conversation

The shape of the human body has varied considerably over the last 500 years as people conform to cultural norms, follow fashion trends, or rebel. Join us at York Castle Museum for a special evening opening of the new Shaping the Body exhibition, followed by an interactive panel discussion.

Thu
9
Jun

Shaping the Body: A Conversation

The shape of the human body has varied considerably over the last 500 years as people conform to cultural norms, follow fashion trends, or rebel. Join us at York Castle Museum for a special evening opening of the new Shaping the Body exhibition, followed by an interactive panel discussion.

Wed
8
Jun

Jane Bown: A Lifetime of Looking

Join Luke Dodd for an illustrated talk on the life and work of Jane Bown, the legendary photographer who worked at the Observer for six decades. Jane worked in all areas of photojournalism but is best known for her portraits. Many of these have assumed an iconic status: the Queen, Samuel Beckett, Bjork, John Betjeman and Jean Cocteau – to name but a few.

Wed
8
Jun

Jane Bown: A Lifetime of Looking

Join Luke Dodd for an illustrated talk on the life and work of Jane Bown, the legendary photographer who worked at the Observer for six decades. Jane worked in all areas of photojournalism but is best known for her portraits. Many of these have assumed an iconic status: the Queen, Samuel Beckett, Bjork, John Betjeman and Jean Cocteau – to name but a few.

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