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Helen is an experienced public speaker across many forms of presentation including lectures, exhibition tours, and object-based learning. She has taught workshops on the history of photography for organisations including Central Saint Martins, Regent’s University, National Portrait Gallery, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Additionally, she regularly gives talks on curatorial practice and participates in panel discussions and awards juries. Featured here are selected events which reflect Helen’s diverse expertise in photography.

8 November 2019: Paper: Caldesi to Cameron: Placing Osborne in the History of Early Photography

Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Presented at a three day international conference to mark the bicentenary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

14 November 2019: Paper: ‘To speak powerfully to the public mind’: renegotiating Prince Albert’s vision for a new industrial era

BCEC, Birmingham

Shared paper with Dr Andrew Cusworth, presented at the annual DCDC Conference (Discovering Collections Discovering Communities)

Image © National Archives

17 June 2019: Paper: Prince Albert: Patronage and Commerce in Early Photography

De Montfort University

Presented at the annual conference of the Photographic History Research Centre

Court of Infantas, Zaragoza, 1860 by Charles Clifford (detail) © Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

20 May 2019: Paper: Afterlives, Photography and Mourning

Kensington Palace, London

Presented at the international conference Victoria’s Self-Fashioning: curating royal image for dynasty, nation and empire.

Detail of a portrait of a woman holding a daguerreotype, c. 1850. Collection: George Eastman House

8 February 2019: Paper: Norah Smyth and the Woman’s Dreadnought

Westminster University, London

Symposium Women, Work and Commerce in the Creative Industries added to the growing body of feminist scholarship that is deconstructing the male-dominated history of commercial and industrial artistic production. 

24 January 2019: Panel Discussion: East End Suffragettes: the photography of Norah Smyth

Four Corners

This roundtable discussion looked at Norah Smyth’s photographs and discussed suffragette portraiture more widely. Presentations were by Helen Trompeteler, George Mind and Carla Mitchell.

© Paul Isolani Smyth. Collection: Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst collection at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam.

6 October 2018: Seminar: ‘Curating Photography’

Brighton Photo Fringe

Helen was a speaker for the Brighton Photo Fringe Curators Training programme which provides three early-career curators with opportunities to develop their professional skills and experience. 2018’s curators were Kitty Bew, Idil Bozkurt, Kate Kelsall and Clare Patrick 

Image © Brighton Photo Fringe

28 March 2017: Panel Discussion: ‘Women’s photography in the 70s and 80s’

Four Corners

Maggie Murray, Gina GloverJenny Matthews and Joanne O’Brien  discussed the work and experience of women photographers in the 1970s and 80s. Chaired by Helen Trompeteler

Exhibition panel © Photographers of Hackney Flashers

19 January 2017: Exhibition tour: ‘The Radical Eye’

London Art Fair VIP tour in association with Tate Modern

Helen Trompeteler led a unique tour of ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’, discussing highlights of the exhibition.

Installation photograph © Tate Photography

18 January 2017: Panel Discussion: Collecting Contemporary Photography

London Art Fair in association with The Photographers’ Gallery, London

Exploring current collecting trends in contemporary photography with Brett Rogers OBE, Helen Trompeteler, Christiane Monarchi, Hannah Watson and Nicholas Campbell.

Installation photograph © London Art Fair

7 October 2016: Seminar: ‘Curating for and outside of museums’

Brighton Photo Fringe

Helen was a speaker for the Brighton Photo Fringe Curators Training programme which provides three early-career curators with opportunities to develop their professional skills and experience. 2016’s curators were Sarah French, Jamila Prowse and Ruby Rees-Sheridan.

King’s House In Transition, 2016 © Caitlin Chescoe (http://www.caitlinchescoe.co.uk/)

16 August 2015: Lecture: Behind the Screen: Audrey Hepburn

Film Four at Somerset House, London

In this special event, Helen discussed the evolution of Hepburn’s style throughout the 1950s and 1960s; examining defining film roles.

Installation photograph © Tori Miller / National Portrait Gallery, London

9 July 2015: Lecture: Audrey Hepburn: Becoming a Modern Icon

National Portrait Gallery, London

By exploring pivotal creative collaborations, Helen considered how Hepburn responded to and challenged the gender expectations of her time.

Installation photograph © Tori Miller / National Portrait Gallery, London