A guide to photography collections on the web

| 24 October 2003
Shows a black and white photograph of St Paul's Cathedral in London from the PhotoLondon website.

Bringing together the photographic collections of the Guildhall Library, London Metropolitan Archives, Westminster City Archives, the National Monuments Record and the Museum of London the site is a treasure house of modern and historic photographs of the capital.

Museum of London Picture Library
The Museum of London also has an online archive of its own, with 1400 images ranging from iconic views of one of the world's most recognisable cities, to shots of daily life down at the zoo!

The Leodis Database
A digitisation project created by Leeds Library & Information Service featuring almost 40,000 photographs of the city from the 19th century to the present day.

Shetland Museum Photographic Archive
The Shetland Museum holds a large collection of photographs dating from the early 1870's onwards, covering all areas of the islands and making a comprehensive record of Shetland life. The site currently has a searchable database of 25,000 images.

Shows an image of an unfurled camera film, with photographs where the negative would normally appear from the Viewfinder website.

Viewfinder from English Heritage
Hosted by English Heritage, this incredible archive of 20,000 images offers a unique insight into the past lives of the people of England, their work, customs, traditions and homes.

The National Archive of Geological Photographs
From images of erupting volcanos to thin sections of rock and mineral and aerial views of mountains, the British Geological Survey's searchable online archive is a fascinating way to spend some time.

York Archaeological Trust Picture Archive
A fascinating pictorial trawl through the archaeology unearthed from underneath one of Britain's most historic cities, from Romans, through the Vikings to the modern era.

Side Photographic Gallery
The touching and powerful collection of documentary photographs of the North East and the wider world by the Amber film & photography collective is now online. The 2000 photographs featured, are the work of more than 40 different photographers, who have operated out of the Side Gallery in Newcastle since 1977.

Shows a screen shot of the Side Photographic Collection website, depicting three photographs with links under them.

University of Dundee Photographic Archives
Comprising the Michael Peto collection of around 128,000 original and copy prints, negatives and colour transparencies, this online archive features everything from animals to architecture, landscapes to seascapes, all taken by the prolific freelance journalist.

BBC Online Community Archive - Family Photographs
Beginning life as part of the BBC's History 2000 project, this site is a growing archive of images from the 19th and 20th centuries sent in by members of the public and can be searched thematically or by location. Furthermore you can scan and send in your own photographs.

Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive Album
Containing over six million images, the IWM Photograph Archive is an enormously rich source of material on conflict throughout the 20th century and is international in scope. The online album presents a selection of images from the Great War, WWII, conflicts Post-1945 and a new album covering the Falklands War.

The Vickers Photographic Archive At The Dock Museum
The Vickers Photographic Archive offers a detailed and unique insight into the workings of a British shipbuilding and engineering company that prolifically photographed their Barrow Yard. From aircraft carriers to armaments and the shipyard itself, this is an intriguing site.

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