Welcome to the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture. Based in the School of Language and Literature, the Centre brings together researchers from across the University with an interest in visual culture broadly defined, including film, photography, art history, anthropology and museum studies. Its members share a common concern in investigating the nature of visual culture, how it is understood, and how it functions across different times, places and contexts. The Centre facilitates a range of activities which promote research into visual culture, including a regular reading group and seminar series; international conferences; and public engagement through Aberdeen University’s May Festival and work with regional partners. Centre members also teach the MLitt in Visual Culture, which is hosted by the School of Language and Literature.

The Centre takes its name from the George Washington Wilson photographic collection held by the University Library. Part of its remit is to promote and engage with this substantial and historically important collection of photographic material from the late nineteenth century. The University’s photography collection also includes the archive of the Aberdeen Harbour Board, which captures the development of Aberdeen as a major port from the 1880s to the 1930s. To find out more about the Centre and its activities, and to take part in our discussions, please visit our blog.

Dr Amy Bryzgel, Director 

Professor Edward Welch and Dr Áine Larkin, Associate Directors