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The Problem Pictures CD-ROMs are collections of colour photographs with activities for mathematics teaching.

The AAMT Problem Pictures Calendars
designed by Toby Spencer feature photographs taken by Richard Phillips printed in full colour. Order the 2015 calendar from Badsey Publications. Also available from AAMT in Australia.

Activities to try



Richard Phillips works as a freelance educational writer, photographer and multimedia designer. He lives in Badsey, Worcestershire, England.


I do two types of photography. Photography for education includes Problem Pictures, the Pattern and Number exhibition, and work for educational publishers.

I also work on composite documentary photography. Peoplescapes is a series of large photographic prints which show people in public spaces and their reactions to their environment.

Here are more details.

Peoplescapes: Naples street

Multimedia Design

Richard Phillips has taken a leading role in a number of multimedia design projects.

The Population and Development Database. This CD-ROM received a Highly Commended award from the Geographical Association at their 1999 Easter Conference. Developed for the charity Population Concern, this CD-ROM contains a wealth of resource material on the complex issues surrounding population growth, economic development, and other related issues. Please note the disc is currently out of print.

The Problem Pictures CD-ROMs are collections of colour photographs with activities for mathematics teaching. For further information see the Problem Pictures webpages.

Reuben Bussey is a website about the artist who lived in nineteenth century Nottingham.

The Badsey Website, developed by a group of volunteers, celebrates the village of Badsey in Worcestershire, England. Badsey is a large, working village in the Vale of Evesham. Part of the website covers the historical side of the village with a mass of information for the village and family historian, probably unequaled by any other village website. The website took first prize in the 2002 Worcestershire Community Pride Competition. Visit

An earlier example was The World of Number, an innovative multimedia project commissioned by the UK National Curriculum Council in the early 1990s, which won a British Interactive Multimedia Association (BIMA) Gold Award. Some examples of software design include Eureka (ITMA), L - A Mathemagical Adventure (ATM), Pressure Mat Programs (Panthera), and Coypu (Shell Centre).

Sadly most of the old ITMA/Shell educational software is unavailable now (although please tell me if I am wrong). There is an unofficial online version of Eureka called Bath time with Archimedes. In 2008 ATM published a windows version of L - A Mathemagical Adventure which is very close to the BBC original.

Perspective in the age of digital photography

When you take a photograph, you flatten the world. This remarkable process is called perspective. In a clear, non-technical way, this book provides an introduction to perspective through looking at photographs. It covers practical issues such as what happens when photographs are joined together, and why photographs still look realistic when viewed obliquely. This is a book for anyone interested in perception, photography or geometry. Further information.

Numbers: Facts, Figures & Fiction

Have you ever wondered how Room 101 got its name, or what you measure in oktas? Which number links Alice in Wonderland, rainbows and the Egyptian Book of the Dead? You will find the answers in Numbers. The book is full of facts, both mathematical and cultural, tantalising problems and anecdotes. A light-hearted reference book for all ages. This edition has been updated with dozens of new articles, illustrations and photographs. The main entries span the numbers from zero to 200. For further information see the Numbers: Facts, Figures and Fiction webpages.


Richard Phillips has a background in education, psychology and design. Until 1998 he was a Reader in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. He has also worked at the Department of Psychology, University College London, and at The Royal College of Art, London. He continues to maintain close links with the Shell Centre for Mathematical Education at Nottingham.


Richard Phillips has about 100 research publications, the majority in refereed academic journals and books. His research skills range from tightly controlled quantitative designs through to structured qualitative approaches. Here is a brief CV. Topics include face recognition and map design.

Village history & family history

For the Badsey Society, a lively village history society, Richard has edited their book Aldington & Badsey: Villages in the Vale which was published in April 2009.

He was also part of the team that produced the documentary film The Market Gardener. This had its first screening at the Regal Cinema in Evesham on 1 October 2012.

My family history webpages - a dreadfully addictive, time-wasting hobby!

I have a talk, given to several family history groups, about my personal experiences of taking part in an international DNA study. It is intended as a simple introduction to DNA and family history.

Richard's son Will Phillips runs Stapleford Web Design and is extremely helpful on all aspects of web design.
Contact: Richard Phillips, 4 High Street, Badsey, Evesham WR11 7EW, England.
Phone/fax +44 (0) 1386 831112. Email

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