John Thomson exhibition

John Thomson exhibit at Heriot–Watt University

Members who attended Betty Yao’s talk in February 2021 on John Thomson, the 19th century photographer and travel writer, will be pleased to know that an exhibition of many of his photographs has opened on the Heriot-Watt campus and will run until 25 March 2022.

“China: Through the lens of John Thomson. A Heriot-Watt University bicentennial exhibition”

The exhibition is part of Heriot-Watt’s Bicentennial year celebrations and also commemorates the centenary of Thomson’s death. Thomson himself was an alumnus of Heriot-Watt University and 94 black and white prints from his collection at the Wellcome Institute are on display. 

Admission is free but due to current restrictions tickets must be obtained in advance through Eventbrite. To book, go to: