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Mr Peter Metelerkamp

Mr Peter Metelerkamp

Mr Peter Metelerkamp

Honorary Academic Fellow

Office R6.83
43 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UU
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+44 (0) 117 331 8786
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Peter's main areas of personal interest are the cultures and histories of settler presence in Southern Africa, with particular emphasis on rural and agricultural histories and economies. He explores these through documentary still photography and documentary writing.

As a researcher and photographer, he is particularly interested in the way photographs provide a complex vehicle for reflection on, and understanding of, our world, and how the formal properties of pictures convey feelings and ideas. This embraces the social and political meaning of images, the relationship between authorship and objectivity, and issues in documentary process and practice.

In 2007 he completed an AHRC-funded project photographing the traces and legacy of the 1820 settlers in South Africa, with exhibitions in November 2007 at the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, and in South Africa in April 2008. A selection of images from the project may be seen at Settler Country

In 2008 he completed another AHRC-funded project photographing buildings and townscapes in small villages in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, as a further enquiry into the contours and circumstances of settler culture and its negotiation with environment and historical change. A selection of images from the project may also be seen at Settler Country

A small sample of his more general work can be seen at his personal site here


I grew up in South Africa, where I studied Philosophy and English. I then studied Film Production in London, and later (after returning to South Africa and as my interests in Education developed) Adult Education. After settling in Bristol, I studied photography, which I also practised for many years, undertaking several major projects. I was Programme Director of the MA in Film and TV Production for 28 years, and alongside personal creative work, have simultaneously pursued enduring interests in the culture and politics of  Southern Africa. I am also deeply committed to education as a force for enlightenment, and I continue to explore progressive pedagogies and issues and policies in Higher Education. My current primary research interests are in the conditions and expreience of settler communities in post-colonial Southern Africa.


With wide experience as a writer, editor, producer and director in screen based media, I have taught mainly in these areas.

I am interested in the teaching/learning process, and the ways that educational practices and environments may best serve the needs of students in a rapidly changing world. I am particularly committed to experiential and social learning, and to modes of praxis based on the development of embedded understanding. This approach informed the core design and pedagogy of the MA in Film and TV Production and the units I led.


I was Graduate Education Director of the Faculty of Arts from 2012-2017.


  • colonialism
  • post-colonialism
  • settler culture
  • Higher Education policy and management
  • pedagogies for citizenship and personal growth

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