Fairies Photographed!


Thursday, 30 September 2021

Caught on Camera? The Case of the Cottingley Fairies In December 1920, The Strand Magazine published a series of sensational photographs taken by two young girls from Cottingley that allegedly showed real-life fairies dancing at the bottom of their garden. Their authenticity was vouched by no less a person than world-famous Sherlock Holmes creator and spiritualist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The images immediately triggered a fierce public debate: were they evidence of the existence of otherworldly nature spirits, of the technical craft and duplicity of their creators, or of the suspect nature of photography itself? The cameras used to produce the pictures, along with Elsie Wright’s famous 1983 “Confession” letter, are today held in the collection of the National Science and Media Museum. In this talk, Professor Christine Ferguson of the Media of Mediumship project discusses what these objects can tell us about the long-standing relationship between technological innovation and alternative spiritual belief in modern Britain. We also have a special flash exhibition of a Flock of Fairies from Cecil Green Arts, sponsored by Bradford 2025 City of Culture bid.

Opening Times / Details:

18:30 to 20:00

Opening Notes:

Please book tickets in advance.

Price notes:

Free entry

For more information:

Website: https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/whats-on/cafe-scientifique

email: info@sciencemuseumgroup.ac.uk

Venue Details

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National Science and Media Museum
National Science and Media Museum
0844 856 3797


By Road: One mile from end of M606. By Public Transport: Come out of Bradford Interchange, turn left at The BradfordHotel, follow signs to museum. The museum is a five minute walk from the Interchange.

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