ABOUT

Co-founded in 2017 by filmmaker Nigel Shephard and editor Rachael Moloney,
The Family Museum is an archival photography project that evolved from research for a book, A History of Family Photography. This research was rooted in Nigel’s collection of around 25,000 original British amateur family photographs and 300 photo albums, dating from the 1850s to the noughties, put together by Nigel over a period of 30 years.

Through sharing more than a century and a half of found images and visual stories about everyday life and experiences, we believe The Family Museum is a unique resource that can inspire the imagination and connect people. Using our archive as a starting point, we want to explore our understanding of ‘family’ as expressed through vernacular photography, and take the opportunity this collection offers for further research into the history and practice of amateur photography.

Nigel is an independent filmmaker, artist and composer. His short film Father Figure was screened at the London Film Festival in 2011 and he is currently completing his feature-length project, Banners and Broad Arrows, which tells the story of the Suffragette Movement. The film is comprised entirely of still images, taken mostly by Suffragettes. Nigel is recognised as an expert in this field and delivered his paper on the subject, Kodak Girls, at the University of Oxford on International Women’s Day in 2013. Nigel trusts in the amateur and over several decades has amassed a vast collection of amateur photography. 

Rachael is an editor and curator. She has held numerous senior editorial positions in publishing, acted as a creative director for digital content and curated art and design projects focused on ethical issues. She met Nigel through Lily Cole’s project Impossible. Creating The Family Museum has been a journey into a world of touching and intriguing everyday stories and experiences, and the best way of honouring her grandmother, a proud Brownie owner and talented amateur photographer.

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