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The first IMBI Conference (we used to be ‘biological’ in those days) was held at Owens Park in Manchester between the 12th and 14th of September 1968. This year marks the return of IMI Conference to Manchester for the first time since that inaugural conference.
Almost 200 delegates from England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, France and New Zealand attended the 1968 conference.
Amongst the 1968 archive material there are numerous references to the ‘Committee of Twelve’ – who were effectively the first Institute Council. At that time the Committee of Twelve consisted of:
Peter Hansell (Joint Chairman)
Gabriel Donald (Joint Chairman)
The committee consisted of six photographers and six artists, which is presumably why they had joint chairmen – one from each section. And additionally the ‘Section Registrars’ were listed as Julie Dorrington and Gillian Lee. Also listed as ‘Manchester representatives’ were Robert Ollerenshaw and Richard Neave.
The group photograph from 1968 along with some other bits and pieces have been preserved as part of IMI’s archive – the group photograph is reproduced here to see if anyone can recognise any famous faces from the profession. Amongst other items in the archive are the conference booking forms, programme guide, notes for delegates and the menu for the annual dinner – fillet of sole and roast duckling were on the menu!
We hope that the 2015 conference in Manchester will be just as successful as the very first one.