Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, Hampshire
Anyone who knows anything about photography ought to know what Dimbola Museum & Galleries on the Isle of Wight is all about. This was where the famous Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron lived and as well as showcasing her own celebrated work there are also contemporary exhibitions from photographers from all over the world.
Julia Margaret Cameron was one of photography’s big pioneers with her diverse portraits and Pre-Raphaelite style compositions. This was ground breaking stuff – and all done in a converted hen house in her garden where she famously captured several eminent Victorians including Tennyson, Browning, Darwin and Carlyle.
Inside Dimbola Lodge you can also see a re-creation of Julia Margaret Cameron’s bedroom, and several original features such as William Morris wallpaper, Victorian glass, and Gothic carvings.
There’s a tea room and a gift shop, which is a very nice way to round off your visit.
Open: Summer - 7 days a week 10.00am-5.00pm (check website for winter hours)
T: 01983 756814 All information correct at the time of writing