The Time Machines exhibition area in the Mead Gallery takes inspiration from artist Gerard Byrne’s interest in the mechanisms behind imagery and how these evolve with our thinking over time.

Curated by the Coventry-based photographic artist and educator Jo Gane, it aims to shed light on how photographic processes have developed from the Camera Obscura to the present day, along with where photography may be headed in the future.

The photographic process has, since its invention, undergone continuous change to keep pace with the desires of society, the whims of fashion, pace of scientific discovery and commercial pressures. The camera can therefore be seen to function as a time machine, transporting us back to different eras and reflecting the values of society during its time.

The Time Machines exhibition area includes a range of fun family-friendly activities.