Fox Talbot Museum

The Fox Talbot Museum shines in a new light © Roger Watson

The Fox Talbot Museum shines in a new light

Discover the birthplace of photography

Be amazed by one man’s ambition and discover how he changed the way we would see the world, forever. The Fox Talbot Museum celebrates the life and work of William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77).

Fox Talbot created the first photographic negative in 1835, taken of a small window at his home, Lacock Abbey.

The invention of photography

Who invented photography first?

Who invented photography first?

We've given the museum a makeover with brand new displays that tell you about the history of the invention of photography.

What inspired Fox Talbot to invent photography, who else was trying to find a way to fix an image permanently, and how has taking photographs evolved since?

From 'camera obscura' to today's iPhone, find out what's behind it all.

Take the story home

A fascinating story of genius - and rivalry!

Capturing the Light

by Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport

This book, written by the Fox Talbot Museum curator, tells the fascinating story behind the invention of photography - a true story of genius and rivalry.

The book is on sale in our museum and High Street shop.

Upper gallery

Enjoy a changing programme of inspiring exhibitions in the upper gallery of the museum.

Our current exhibition is 'Escape Artist'.

Lower gallery

A visitor exploring the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock

You can learn about the history of photography in the first part of the museum, while the second half shows items that belonged to William Henry Fox Talbot, from personal belongings to things that inspired him.

Camera collection

 © Joanna Cranwell

See a fascinating display of cameras from our collection, including a mock-up dark room.