The Family Museum collection is made up of a diverse range of photographic materials. The earliest photographs and albums in the archive date from the Victorian period. These ornate and gilded, leather- or velvet-bound books — works of art in themselves — predate a vast array of later albums, ranging from delicately illustrated art nouveau books to plain brown-paper journals and plastic flipbooks.

We have some of the earliest Kodak prints produced, the first Brownie cameras sold to amateurs and a collection of Edwardian Stickybacks. Our photographs trace the development of studio portraiture, from the high Victorian style to the itinerant fairground novelty; document common experiences such as foreign travel, military service and rites of passage like christenings and weddings; and myriad scenes capturing moments of everyday life.

There are no stock images in our collection, only original vernacular photographs taken by amateurs. Ultimately, our aim is host the archive in a publicly accessible space, where we can put on exhibitions and hold workshops, talks and other events. We are also exploring ways in which part of the archive could operate on a commercial basis, with any profits from image licensing put towards the running costs of the Museum.

All the photographs in our archive were collected from sources such as Ebay, fleamarkets, charity shops and auctions. If you are the original copyright owner of any images you see featured by The Family Museum and would like to get in touch, you can contact us here.

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