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Lacock Abbey, Village and Fox Talbot Museum

Fox Talbot Museum

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 ever photographic negative in 1835, taken of a small window at his home, Lacock Abbey.

The invention of photography

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.