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Creating the old photos of the future
In 25, 50 or 100 years from now, these images will seem like the 'old' photos of today do to us.
There are currently 13,148 images of Yorkshire in this archive and we're adding more every week. Click on any photo for details and map.
"Piles of digitised material – from blogs, tweets, pictures and videos, to official documents such as court rulings and emails – may be lost forever because the programs needed to view them will become defunct," Google’s vice-president Vint Cerf has warned (source: The Guardian - Friday 13 February 2015) - and that's why we're basing our archive on good old fashioned film, because it lasts (for centuries) and future generations won't need even a computer to view the originals.
The project started in Hebden Bridge in March 2015. A small group of amateur photographers decided to carry on the photographic tradition of Alice Longstaff (who sadly died in 1992). She, in turn, carried on the tradition of her predecessors, resulting in a collection of images going all the way back to the 1890's. You can see the full story here.
Because of the origins of this project the majority of the photos here are taken in around Hebden Bridge but because of the huge interest from other areas we decided to extend our coverage, first to West Yorkshire and then to the whole of Yorkshire. We hope that wherever you live in this wonderful county you'll join in - taking photos, adding valuable information (you can do this from home when trained), volunteering at our new home in the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge or by becoming a Friend of the project.
The archive contains Exhibitions, Collections (of towns, cities and villages) and searchable Maps (note: maps are accurate to 10-15 metres only). We also provide sets of pre-defined searches, Subjects A-Z and Events A-Z if you don't find what you're looking for there try an Advanced Search.
You can search for images in the archive simply by entering names, places, events or objects in the search box at the top of this page, by the tags on an item here, or search through all the details on an image here.
Clicking on any image will take you to the information for that image, including its location on a map. Try it with this example:
Narrowboats negotiating a lock next to Union Street, Todmorden.
About this site:
This is the publicly viewable and searchable face of our Archive - every image you see has an associated photographic negative, carefully stored, that will last for hundreds of years. It's designed with future generations in mind - to allow them to search and find the images that interest them.
We recommend that you study the "How to search" page for instructions on locating subjects, places, people and things in the archive.
Note: To prevent commercial exploitation, all images on the site are restricted to 800px on the longest edge - we keep very high resolution tiff files of all images for reproduction and licensing. And of course every photo you see here has an associated film negative (or positive slide) stored in our physical archive.
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