Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Manchester Documentary Photography Archive

This is the homepage of the Greater Manchester County Record Office's Documentary Photography Archive (DPA), which preserves historical photographic images of the region. The DPA contains three collections: the Archive of Family Photographs, with images taken from private albums from the 1840s to the 1950s; Contemporary Commissions; and Deposited Archives.
Themed images from all of these collections are available. Themed areas cover: Celebrations; Food and Drink; Old Manchester; Places; Holidays; Public Houses; Ship Canal; At School; Sports; War; and Work. Each of these themes is accompanied by an introduction that provides historical context of the events and activities depicted. The user can then view the images via a list, which gives thumbnail photographs and details on each picture.