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UK Photographic Archives

Aberdeen Harbour Photographic Collection

A collection of about 6,000 glass plate negatives dating from the 1880s to the 1930s, consisting of images of the harbour and surrounding area, now held by the University and available online.

Ayrshire Working Lives

A collection of old photographs from Ayrshire archives, illustrating the story of working life in the area and covering fishing, agriculture, building and transport; includes background articles.

Capital Collections

An online archive of photographs of historical and cultural Edinburgh, from the collections of Edinburgh City Libraries. talesofonecity

Chester Image Bank

A searchable collection of digitised photographs and other historic images of Chester and the surrounding area, drawn from the collections of the Cheshire and Chester Joint Archive Service and photographs loaned by members of the public.

Collage - The London Picture Archive

Contains over 250,000 images of London from the collections at London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery.

Cumbria Image Bank

A collection of digital images created using original material from Cumbria County Council Libraries and Archives Service.

The English Heritage Archive

Hold over 12 million photographs, drawings, reports and publications on England's archaeology, historic buildings and social history.

Heritage Gateway

Information on England's historic sites and buildings, including images of listed buildings.

The Heritage of the Ile Photographic Archive

A collection of over 4,000 images of life in and around Ilminster, Somerset; includes a catalogue, how to view them at the Somerset Record Office, and an online gallery of selected photographs. The images capture the changes to this lovely market town and area over the past 150 years.

Images of England

A photographic archive of listed buildings in England, produced and maintained by English Heritage. Includes a section on using the archive as an education resource.

Kirklees Image Archive

A digital archive of photographs from the Kirklees area from the late 19th century on, including images from the archive of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner; also contains a collection of oral history recordings.


A photographic archive of Leeds produced by the city's Library and Information Service, searchable by area, theme, and date; also offers virtual tours, and a collection of articles and resources.

Mortons Archive

An archive of over 4 million images mainly covering motorcycles and motorbiking; includes details of their services for commercial and private customers, and details of access for research purposes.

The National Collection of Aerial Photography - NCAP

One of the largest collections of aerial photography in the world; includes galleries of worldwide, UK, and Scottish aerial reconnaissance photographs declassified by the UK Ministry of Defence, and Ordnance Survey photographs.

Photographers Archives and Legacy Project

Research project which looks at how UK-based, independent photographers, now and for the long-term, can make their work and related contextual material publicly accessible.

Photographic Collections Network

Subject Specialist Network supported by Arts Council England, that aims to bring together anyone connected with photo collections or archives in the UK.

Picture Blackpool

An online selection of photos from the collection held at Blackpool Central Library, containing photos of Blackpool and the neighbouring area.

Picture Sheffield dot com

Online version of Sheffield Local Studies Library's computerised image system offers a representative selection from their collections; most images are pre-1950.

Picture the Past

The North East Midland Photographic Record project to conserve, digitise, and make available on the Internet the photographic collections in the libraries and museums of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Science and Society Picture Library

An online archive of visual content from the collections of the National Museums of Science and Industry (London's Science Museum, the National Railway Museum, and the National Media Museum).

Sepia Quill

Home of the National Archive of Wedding and Social Photography; includes FAQ and details of how to contribute.

The Vickers Photographic Archive

An on-line collection of images from the Vickers Shipyard, Barrow-in-Furness, England.

Virtual Mitchell

A digitised collection of photographs of Glasgow, mostly from the archives and special collections housed in the city's Mitchell Library.

Walsall - A Click In Time

A collection of digital images from the collections of Walsall Local History Centre, the Archives Service and Local Studies Library for Walsall Metropolitan Borough.

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