Cyanotype Workshops

Step into the blue and see the world in a whole new light – combining early photography with an exploration of your local environment.


A developing print of Dryopteris Felix-mas, the male fern.

Cyanotype is a 19th Century photographic process, originally used by Victorian botanists and scientists, and is the origin of the term ‘blueprint’.

These beautiful handmade prints are created by painting a light sensitive chemical emulsion onto paper and placing a plant specimen in contact with the surface, then exposing it to daylight. 

The process was developed by astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1842 and quickly adopted by botanist Anna Atkins who produced the world’s first book illustrated with photographs, British Algae – Cyanotype Impressions, in 1843.


A new exhibition of our prints will be on display at The Angel Coffee House, Lincoln in spring 2019.

Japanese Maple
White Mulberry



Inspired by the Victorian pioneer botanists and photographers, we run fun and informative workshops that combine the cyanotype photographic process with an exploration of the natural world.

Suited to all ages and abilities, you will experience your local environment in a new way and make your own cyanotypes to keep. We also have a tailored program for primary schools Year 3-6, which links into the National Curriculum and provides an enriching, enjoyable activity for all. For more info and to book contact us

Workshop leaders

A university tutor and scientist with a background in Biological Imaging, Charles Simpson (left) is a specialist in botanical detective work and an experienced workshop leader with a passion for plants, wildlife and the environment. 



A graduate of Glasgow School of Printing, Lynne McEwan (left) is an award- winning photographer with 35 years experience and a life-long interest in early process techniques.