The LMB congratulates Neil Grant, who this year reached the milestone of 40 years working at the LMB.
Neil is a familiar face to everyone at the LMB, having been a photographer and videographer in the LMB’s Visual Aids (later VisLab) department since September 1983. Almost everyone who has worked at the LMB in the past four decades has been photographed by Neil, many on their first day for an ID photo. This extends beyond the LMB as, when Neil joined, Visual Aids were part of the MRC Centre (housed at the LMB) and provided services for all the local MRC Units.
Neil and his camera have been on hand at countless events throughout the years, ready to capture key moments in the LMB’s history. This includes several Nobel Prize parties, the official opening of the new LMB building by HRH Queen Elizabeth II and numerous symposia.
Throughout his time at the LMB, Neil has responded and adapted to the vast technological changes in the field, from film photography with negatives, to digital formats, video filming and motion picture production, which came with greater advancements in post-production applications and techniques. His extensive experience means he is well suited to assist with a wide-variety of photography and filming requests throughout the lab, capturing anything from very large pieces of equipment to small tissues and embryos.
Neil is often juggling several projects and requests simultaneously. He is pivotal to the production of videos in the lab and is deeply involved in the entire process from concept consultation through to set-up and filming and finally post-production editing. Recent projects include LMB Through the Years, an interview series with former and current lab members to mark 60 years of the LMB, and video tours of LMB facilities showcasing the often unseen work crucial to ongoing research.
Away from lab photography and filming, Neil is a long-standing contributor to the LMB’s Arts and Crafts show, held every summer in the LMB atrium. This allows everyone to enjoy some of the creative photos Neil has taken away from work, often showcasing his travels.