Fox Talbot Museum

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June, 2022

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Fox Talbot Museum

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This National Trust museum celebrates the achievements of the former resident of Lacock Abbey William Henry Fox Talbot. He was famous for his contributions to photography by inventing the photographic negative. The first photographic negative was taken of a small window in the Abbey.Within the museum there is also a rolling programme of historic photographs and exhibitions showcasing various photographers.

Lacock Abbey itself was founded in the 13th century by Ela, Countess of Salisbury, as a nunnery of the Augustinian order. It is located in the picturesque village of Lacock in Wiltshire. There are medieval rooms, a cloister court and a Tudor courtyard where two of the Harry Potter films were made. The Abbey was converted into a country house in the mid 16th century but the building survived intact. The strong room has a Renaissance carved stone table suported by 4 satyrs. There are also paintings and furniture on display. The stable courtyard houses a clock house, a brewery and bake house. The Victorian rose garden has a beautiful display of flowers and there are magnificent trees in the woodland. From the grounds, there are fine vistas of the surrounding countryside with grazing sheep.

I’ve visited this National Trust place at different seasons of the year and would go again.


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