South West Image Bank opens vault to the public
On Saturday, South West Image Bank on Plymouth Barbican gave the public a chance to see areas of their gallery that are not usually open to the public.
The image bank houses around three million images, negatives, original plates, from he Western Morning News and Plymouth Herald. It also has a substantial photographic collection dating back till the 1870's and through to the modern day.
Most of the archive is open to the public, but as part of the Heritage Days, the public had a chance to see the main archive containing the collection from the Western Morning News and Plymouth Herald.
"The collections let you gain an insight into life in Plymouth and the South West through the ages. Because of our photographic collection, we have a lot of material that might have a personal connection with people here in Plymouth. A photo of a wedding day from 50 years ago might be of someone's grandmother," manager Stacey Dyer said.
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The negatives in the archives are usually not readily available, but the public can still enjoy the photos from the past. The archive have a gallery on the Barbican and change their exhibition once a month.
A team of 30 volunteers are also constantly scanning and cataloguing the collection and the image bank undertakes research and searches for images on behalf of the public.
See images from the South West Image Bank here: