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Our collection of photographs brings to light over a century of photography produced by both professionals and amateurs. Explore photography as an artistic practice as well as a valuable tool in medicine, experimental science and industry.
Six year old Carol and three year old Christopher help dad Walter Hesketh
A photograph of Walter Hesketh (1930-2007) and his two children Carol and Christopher, taken in December 1960 by Roland Hicklin for the Daily Herald.
Quarter-plate `Cameo' camera used to take 'second phase' of Cottingley Fairies photographs, 1918-1920
Quarter-plate `Cameo' camera manufactured by W Butcher & Sons, London, 1915-1920, used to make a `second phase' of `Cottingley fairies' photographs between 1918 and 1920. Lukos II symmetrical lens back, made by Wollensak Optical Co. of USA.
The photographic library of the 'Daily Herald' newspaper, 1911-1965
The photographic library of the 'Daily Herald' newspaper, 1911-1965. Comprises approximately 3 million photographic prints, 100,000 glass negatives and the Day Books 1931-1946 detailing the assignments allocated to the staff photographers.
Charlie Chaplin as a young man in Hollywood
A photographic portrait of Charlie Chaplin as a young man, Hollywood, taken around 1916 by an unknown photographer. Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (1899-1977) was an English comic actor and film producer and director of the silent film era.
Silhouette of a woman
Drawn silhouette of woman, made in Halifax; descriptive label on rear (see over). 65x92mm brass matte, in passe-partout. A machine-made silhouette of a woman wearing an elaborate hat, initiated by an unknown maker in about 1810.
Professor Einstein with Commander Locker-Lampson
A photograph of Professor Albert Einstein (1879-1955), taken by Leslie Cardew for the Daily Herald newspaper on 24 July 1933. Einstein is sitting outside a small wooden cottage somewhere between Esher and Cobham, England. He was the guest of Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson MP, who sits on the ground next to the professor carrying a shotgun. During 1933 Einstein travelled in Europe visiting Oxford, Glasgow, Brussels and Zurich. Offers of academic posts which he had found it so hard to get in 1901, were plentiful. He received offers from Jerusalem, Leiden, Oxford, Madrid and Paris.
Thompson's Revolver Camera
Thompson's Revolver camera, serial number 44, manufactured by A Briois, Paris 1862. Camera body engraved: `Thompson Invtr, A Briois, 4 rue de la Douane, Paris, Brevete SGDG, No.44'
Three people with two spirits
A photograph of a man and two women, possibly taken by William Hope in about 1920. Two faces appear around the group - one, an elderly person, and the other that of a younger woman shrouded in a cloak.
Cheltenham Torso Murder Mystery: Brian Sullivan's grave by night
A photograph of the Cheltenham Torso Murder Mystery, taken in February 1938 by George W Roper for the Daily Herald.
A photographic portrait of Mrs Keene, entitled 'Cassiopea', taken by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) in 1866. Mrs Keene, like Angelo Colarossi, the model for Iago, appears to have been one of Cameron's rare professional models. She also sat for the Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898). In Greek mythology Cassiopeia was the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda. Albumen print.
Cyanotype of Lastrea cristata, 1853
A cyanotype of Lastrea cristata, 1853 from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
Young train spotter at station with the ghost train in background
A photograph entitled 'Young train spotter at station with the ghost train in background', taken in April 1962 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
The Grange (Mr Cutlack's house), Littleport
A photograph of 'The Grange', home of Mr Cutlack, in Littleport, East Anglia, taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in December 1902.
Young girl and pug puppies at a dog show
A photograph of a young girl sharing a basket with a litter of pug puppies, taken in May 1932 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald. The photograph was taken at a dog show.
School children being evacuated from London
A photograph of children being evacuated from London, taken by George Roper for the Daily Herald newspaper on September 28, 1938.
Workers at Perivale Philco radio factory
A photograph of women at work in a factory taken in August 1936 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows women assembling radios for Philco on the factory line in Perivale, Middlesex.
A photograph of a group of mods near the seafront at Clacton-on-Sea, Essex on 30 March 1964, taken by C Smith for the Daily Herald.
Ice skating on the Serpentine
A photograph of ice skaters on a frozen Serpentine Lake in London's Hyde Park, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper on 23 January, 1940.
An albumen print photograph entitled 'Beatrice', taken by Julia Margaret Cameron in 1866. The print forms part of the Herschel Album.
Prisoners in Wormwood Scrubs
Silver print, one of four pages of photographs of inmates of Wormwood Scrubs prison mounted twelve to a page c.1890. A page from an album of criminal register photographs, taken by a unknown photographer at Wormwood Scrubs prison in about 1890. The criminals hold up their hands to show any identifying features, such as tattoos or missing fingers. A mirror placed on their right shoulder captures their profile.
Mrs Despard, the suffragette
A photograph of Charlotte Despard (1844-1939), speaking at an anti-fascist rally in Trafalgar Square, London, taken in June 1933 by James Jarché for the Daily Herald.
Woman with a spinning wheel
A photograph of a woman with a spinning wheel, taken by James Arthur in 1899. This staged studio photograph shows a woman wearing an apron sitting next to a spinning wheel.
BBC making programme about driving errors
A photograph of the making of a programme by the BBC about driving errors, taken by Saidman in 1939 for the Daily Herald.
Halstead Brewery Wagon
A photograph entitled 'Halstead Brewery Wagon', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams, c. 1900. The photograph shows a wagon converted to look like a beer bottle, parked outside Adams' Brewery in Halstead, Essex. Edgar Tarry Adams lived in the house next to the family brewery.
Young couple listening to music and looking at records in a living room
A photograph showing a young couple listening to music on a portable record player, taken in August 1962 by White for the Daily Herald.
Passengers inside double decker train at Charing Cross, London
A photograph of passengers inside a double-decker train at Charing Cross station, London, taken in November 1949 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Portraits of prisoners
A page from an album of criminal register photographs, taken by a unknown photographer at Wormwood Scrubs prison in about 1890. The criminals hold up their hands to show any identifying features, such as tattoos or missing fingers. A mirror placed on their right shoulder captures their profile.
Mr and Mrs Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse, London
A photograph of Mr and Mrs Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse in London, taken in 1935 by Harold Tomlin for the Daily Herald.
Hoover's new factory
A photograph of the construction of the Hoover Factory at Western Avenue, Perivale, Middlesex in 1935.
World champion Joe Davis tries 'Apollo', his new metal snooker cue
A photograph of Joe Davis (1901-1978), snooker world champion, in London, taken in November 1954 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Possible self-portrait of Clementina, Lady Hawarden
Woman in dark dress standing in front of window. A photograph of a young woman, possibly Clementina Hawarden (b. 1847), taken by Clementina, Lady Hawarden, in about 1862.
Gerhard Macher in his Dampf-Kraft-Wagen racing car
A photograph of driver Gerhard Macher in his DKW car taken by Zoltan Glass in 1933. The photograph is taken at the AVUS circuit in Berlin.
The first moving pavement in a shopping centre, Leeds
A photograph of Joy Marshall (d. 1968), an American jazz singer, on the first moving pavement in a shopping centre, Leeds, taken in March 1964 by Roy Spencer for the Daily Herald.
Two boys fighting
A photograph entitled 'Two boys fighting', taken around 1935 by Leo O'Brien for the Daily Herald.
Metropolitan Railway steam locomotive
A Kodak circular snapshot photograph of a locomotive of the Metropolitan Railway, taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1890. The Metropolitan Railway was the first underground railway to be built in London.
Two women posing in the boot of a DKW car
A photograph of two women wearing sheepskin coats sat in the boot of a DKW car, taken by Zoltan Glass, c. 1933. The photograph was taken during an advertising shoot for DKW cars.
A photograph entitled 'Servants Group', taken by William Notman in 1860. The photograph shows servants from the household of Sir Hugh Allan (1810-1882). The staff pose on the lawn of Allan's villa in Belmere, on Lake Memphremagog. The photograph is taken from an album entitled 'Belmere Lake Memphremagog'.
Cyanotype of Aspidium lonchitis, 1853
A cyanotype of Aspidium lonchitis, or Holly Fern, from 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) in 1853.
Mill worker eating lunch
A photograph of a mill worker eating his lunch, taken by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 January, 1940. This barefoot mill worker sits on the floor, resting against a loom as he drinks from a large mug. His lunch is wrapped in paper beside him. This photograph is one of a series taken to illustrate a Daily Herald feature story by Dudley Barker on workers in wartime.
A stonemason working on a detail of the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool
A photograph of a stonemason working on a detail of the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, taken in January 1934 by White for the Daily Herald.
Stereo cards for 3-D Vistascreen viewer 'Art Studies No2'
Photographic prints; 11x45mm; Art Studies No 2 series 42. Ten views in total.
Entertaining war orphans
A photograph of war orphans at a Punch and Judy show, taken by D H Esten for the Daily Herald newspaper on 18 December, 1944. The war orphans and children of disabled servicemen were at a Christmas party given by firemen at Burdett Road Fire Station.
Collecting aluminium pots and pans to make aeroplanes
A photograph of men working on a huge mound of aluminium pots, pans and other domestic items, given by the public in response to an appeal by the Ministry for Aircraft Production in July 1940.
The Island Pagoda
A photograph entitled 'The Island Pagoda', taken by John Thomson, c. 1871. The photograph shows a pagoda known as Lo-Sing on an island in the River Min near Fuzhou, China.
Girl eating breakfast
A Vivex colour photograph of a young girl eating her breakfast, taken by Dr Douglas A Spencer in 1939.
Laigh Kirk Close
A photograph entitled 'Laigh Kirk Close', taken in Glasgow, taken by Thomas Annan, in 1868. The photograph shows a narrow close in the centre of Glasgow, a figure stands in a doorway on the left. The poles sticking out of the walls were used to dry laundry.
Close, No 75 High Street
A photograph entitled 'Close, No. 75 High Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows a dark, narrow close, behind No. 75 High Street in Glasgow. Washing hangs from poles attached to the sides of the tenement buildings, whilst a gutter for sewage runs down the middle of the alley.
Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, with his racing car
A photograph of Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe (1884-1964) with his 1927 Delage GP Straight-8 racing car, taken in Berlin by Zoltan Glass in 1932.