The Fox Talbot Museum

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The Fox Talbot Museum commemorates the life and work of William Henry Fox Talbot - one of the greatest figures of the 19th century - mathematician, physicist, classicist, philologist, and transcriber of Assyrian and Chaldean cuneiform texts. In late August 1835 he made the first photographic negative at Lacock Abbey and he is known as The Father of Photography. The Museum is located inside a 16th century mediæval barn at the entrance to Lacock Abbey.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

February to November:
Daily 11am to 5pm

November to December (up to and including last weekend before Christmas):
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm

Closed: Good Friday

Admission charges


  • National Trust

Additional info

There are a number of uneven mediæval floors and changes of level. Sharp heeled shoes are not permitted in the Abbey.
Photography: The National Trust welcomes amateur photography out-of-doors at its properties, indoor photography is permitted, without flash, during normal opening hours. More formal arrangements for groups will need to be arranged through either the Abbey or Museum Curator.
Visitors are asked to leave large bags and pushchairs at the entrance to protect the furniture and contents from accidental damage.
The Village, Church and Inns, Trust Shop, Abbey Grounds and Cloisters are ideal for wheelchairs. Wheelchairs together with a Stannah chair lift and an electric battery chair are available at the Museum. There is an adapted lavatory at the entrance to the Abbey Courtyard.
Braille cards are available for visually handicapped visitors.
There is a National Trust shop and information centre in the Village High Street.
There are a number of independent (not National Trust) inns, tearooms and restaurants in the village. Picnic in the village playing fields beside the car park and by the river but not within the Abbey Grounds please!

The permanent exhibition on the ground floor commemorates the achievements of Fox Talbot, photographic pioneer. The Upper Gallery area shows at least three exhibitions per year of a broad range of work by some of the most lively and interesting contemporary and 19th century photographers.

Collection details

Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Henry Fox Talbot
  • Photography
  • Syrian and Chaldean cuneiform texts

The Fox Talbot Museum
SN15 2LG




Museum Information

01249 730 459


01249 730176

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