Dating back to 1874, the archive contains 500,000 images and 300 films of the visual history of the organisation, including our work overseas in Canada and Australia.
The archive handles some 2,000 requests annually, searching photographs of former residents as well as responding to the needs of the media, publishers, photographic/film archive researchers, historians or just about anyone interested in our archive material.
Future plans for the archive
Our photographic archive is unique and to allow researchers and academics continued access, we have taken the decision to digitise the material. Hopefully this will enable a greater number of people who are not physically able to visit a chance to study these historic images.
A decision on the final destination of the archives once digitisation is complete has not yet been made and we will take into consideration any offers we receive to preserve these historic images.
We are looking for a new home for the archive for when the process is finished in spring 2014.
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