Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machine



September 27th 2014 to February 22nd 2015 temporary Exhibition

Retronaut Chris Wild has spent the past year mining Museum and Archives Northumberland Photographic collection.

Retronaut aims to unearth pictures that seem not to belong to the time when they were created, that dissolve away the years like tarnish on a ring, that take our collective map of the past and tear tiny holes in it, holes through which we glimpse the real past lying underneath our map.

These are pictures that show not so much the past as they show “now”- but another version of now.

This exhibition offers a small glimpse into the vast photographic collection held by the Northumberland Archives. You can discover more of these collections through the Museums and Archives Northumberland Flickr stream, online catalogue search facility or through the searchroom at Woodhorn.

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You can visit the museum shop to order a copy of any print from this exhibition and to browse and buy exhibition related gifts including Retronaut’s new publication Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machine.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Collection Fund led by the Museums Association and Arts Council England.