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Imogen Lyons

Imogen Lyons

Photographs Cataloguer

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Job description

As Photographs Cataloguer my role is to identify, research and catalogue the varied portraits held within the Photographs Collection. Predominantly focusing with twentieth century material, I have worked extensively on cataloguing negatives from the Bassano and Elliott & Fry studios, the collection of vintage prints and negatives which form the National Photographic record, prints by Hay Wrightson Ltd and a collection of portraits of Anglican Bishops. My role also involves ensuring the collection is accessible to visitors by responding to internal and external enquiries regarding works in our collection and requests to view prints and albums.

Alongside my cataloguing work I have curated a number of displays and Photographs of the Month. Subjects include Anglican Bishops, the work of photographers Bob Collins and Antony Barrington Brown and sitters such as the mathematician Alan Turing, the Soviet spy Kim Philby and the suffragette Emily Davison.

I have also assisted with the research for Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon (2 July – 18 October 2015.)


I studied History of Art at the University of Warwick and went on to attain a Post Graduate degree in British Art History. I started at the National Portrait Gallery whilst studying for my Post Graduate degree.

Research interests

My areas of interest have been greatly widened since working with the Gallery. My academic interest concentrated on social art history, looking particularly at architects in post-war Britain and what the public perceived to be their role. I have continued to have an interest in social history and addressed this through some of the smaller displays I have curated. Whilst cataloguing various collections I have discovered new areas of interest and have often focused on pioneering twentieth century women.