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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.
Silhouette of boy
70x100mm cut-out silhouette of young man in profile, embellished in grey, white and gold, in gilt frame. Pencil inscription on back; 'Feby. 10 1844 14 1/2 Charlie'.
Series of photographs showing phases of movement of a man jumping a hurdle, by Étienne-Jules Marey
Photograph showing phases of movement of a man jumping a hurdle, made by Étienne-Jules Marey, c 1892.
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.
King Edward and Queen Alexandra at Cambridge
A photograph entitled 'King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra at Cambridge', taken by Edgar Tarry Adams in March 1904. The photograph is subtitled 'The Vice-Chancellor (Dr Chase) reading an address to them in Senate House '. The King was at the University to open a library on Downing Street.
A photograph showing the shooting 'Red Wagon'
16 October 1933
A photograph taken from the Daily Herald Archive showing the shooting of the film 'Red Wagon', taken by James Jarche, 16 October 1933.
A photograph showing the filming of 'The Constant Nymph'
20 October 1933
A photograph taken from the Daily Herald Archive showing the filming of a concert scene for 'The Constant Nymph', taken by James Jarche, 20 October 1933.
Father Christmas in Civvies
A photograph of a man dressed as Father Christmas sitting at a table in Harrod's canteen, drinking a cup of tea, taken by James Jarche for Illustrated, 14 November 1945.
Photograph of Baird’s Television Limited's van at the Derby on Epsom racecourse
Photograph, entitled "The Derby to be seen by wireless" taken by Photogess Limited, Surrey, 2 June 1931
Arab woman teaches children to read and write, Jerusalem
A photograph of an Arab woman teaching children in Jerusalem, taken in 1945 by Jack Esten for the Daily Herald. The children are being taught in an Arab women's voluntary club, the teacher insisted on having her back to the camera.
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.
Silver gelatin print. Photograph by Sir Cecil Beaton of composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971).
Prince Arthur's Hunting Party
A photograph entitled 'Prince Arthur's Hunting Party', taken by William Notman in 1860.
Trains Snowed Up
A photograph entitled 'Trains Snowed Up', taken by William Notman in 1860. The photograph shows a train fitted with a snow plough, stuck in a snow drift.
A photograph entitled 'Tobogganing', taken by William Notman in 1860. The photograph shows a group of people tobogganing down a hill.
Landing HRH Prince Arthur
A photograph entitled 'Landing 'HRH Prince Arthur', taken by William Notman in 1860. The photograph of the arrival of the ship carrying the Prince of Wales was taken during the royal visit to Canada.
Criminal record including a photograph of the accused
City of Chicago Police Bureau criminal photographic card, 1907. The system used on this card is based upon the system devised by Bertillon. Samuel Rosenthal, no. 5877.
Residents create road blockade as part of rent protest, Woolwich
A photograph showing residents creating a road blockade as part of a rent protest in Woolwich, south London, taken in July 1939 by John Topham for the Daily Herald.
A crowd of people waiting to take a photograph
A photograph showing a crowd of people waiting to take a snapshot photograph, taken in 1950 by F Greaves for the Daily Herald.
Queue of unemployed men, Stepney
A photograph of unemployed men in London, England, taken by Saidman for the Daily Herald newspaper in 1938.
Sunday Films Association
A photograph of members of the Sunday Films Association, taken in November 1932 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald. Under the Sunday Entertainments Act of 1932, anyone wishing to provide musical entertainment on Sundays had first to obtain a license from the Local Authority. These women are campaigning in Croydon prior to a local vote on whether to permit the screening of films on Sundays.
A gypsy woman cooking a hedgehog
A photograph of a gypsy woman cooking a hedgehog by the side of the road, taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald in 1933.
Shrovetide football in Ashbourne
A photograph of Mr E H Wheatcroft carrying the hand-painted ball which he 'turned-up' to start the 1947 Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, taken in February 1947 by Bert Abell for the Daily Herald.
Ramblers Association, West of England Rally
A photograph entitled 'Ramblers Association, West of England Rally', taken by Saidman in 1937 for the Daily Herald. The photograph shows Professor R J Brocklehurst, Vice President of the Federation addressing the rally. Two Saidman brothers, Reuben and Barnet, worked as staff photographers for the Daily Herald. Their photographs are simply stamped 'Saidman' on the reverse, making it difficult to tell which of the brothers took the photograph.
A photograph of British heavyweight boxer Jack London (1913-1963), taken by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald newspaper on 15 September, 1944.
A photograph of Major Elliot, Minister of Agriculture, lifting up two children in his arms, taken by Woodbine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 1 October, 1934.
Little boy carrying a lamb
A photograph of a little boy carrying a newborn lamb, taken by James Jarche (1891-1965) for the Daily Herald newspaper on 19 February, 1932. Wrapped against the cold, this little boy holds the lamb in his arms. Stacks of hay form a backdrop.
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.
A photograph of Diana Dors, taken in July 1958 by R Powell for the Daily Herald. Diana Dors (1931-1984) was a British actress known for her 1950s 'blonde bombshell' style.
A photograph of workers in the Swan Hunter Shipyard on Tyneside, taken by Bishop Marshall for the Daily Herald newspaper on 8 January, 1940.
Council Estate at Hanwell
A photograph of a council estate in Hanwell, West London, taken in July 1937 by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald.
Train driver, Jack Mills, with his grandchild, Stephen
A photograph of train driver Jack Mills and his grandson Stephen, taken in August 1963 by Ronald Hicklin for the Daily Herald.
Avis Scott poses in front of a 3-D television camera
A photograph of actress and television announcer Avis Scott (1927-2010) in front of a 3-D camera, taken in August 1954 by F Greaves for the Daily Herald. The caption read '3D Television at Radio Show, Earls Court Today. People at the Radio Show, Earls Court watched through 3D spectacles as TV's Miss Avis Scott poses before a 3D TV camera'.
Two sacks of money recovered from the Great Train Robbery
A photograph showing two sacks of stolen money, recovered from the Great Train Robbery, taken in August 1963 by Ron Burton for the Daily Herald.
New Coronation Scot
A photograph of the 'Coronation Scot', taken by Bishop Marshall in May 1937 for the Daily Herald.
A photograph of two fire fighters operating a fire engine, taken by Tovey for the Daily Herald newspaper on 16 July, 1940.
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.
Pedal car race
A photograph of a pedal car race, taken by Edward G Malindine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 21 June, 1933. Smartly-dressed and at the wheel of three equally smart pedal cars, these children get ready to race at the Duke of York's Garden Party. The race was started by Sir Noel Curtis-Bennett (1882-1950), author and member of the International Olympic Committee, who is standing on the right.
Kitten drinking milk through a straw
A photograph of a kitten drinking milk through a straw, taken in 1957 by an unknown photographer for the Daily Herald.
Interior of Boots chemist, Regent Street
A photograph of shoppers in Boots the Chemist, on Regent Street, London, in 1932. It was taken by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald newspaper.
Birth of triplets
A photograph of a woman and nurse with newly-born triplets, taken by George Roper for the Daily Herald newspaper on 13 August, 1939.
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.
Tom Bavin, Labour candidate
A photograph of Tom Bavin, Labour candidate, canvassing during the general election, taken in June 1945 by George W Roper for the Daily Herald.
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.
Advert for cigarettes
A photograph of three men advertising cigarettes, taken by James Jarche (1891-1965) for the Daily Herald newspaper on 24 November, 1932. The man on the left prominently holds a box of Player's cigarettes. The man in the centre indicates that these are preferred to the others offered by the man on the right. The men's suits and the wood-panelled setting create an office context for this photograph.
Portrait of E G Malindine
A photographic portrait of Edward G Malindine, taken in November 1938 by Saidman for the Daily Herald. Edward G Malindine (1906-1970) was a staff photographer for the Daily Herald, before and after the second world war, during which served as an official photographer for the War Office.
Cyanotype of Lastrea rigida, 1853
A cyanotype of Lastrea rigida, from the album 'Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns', made by Anna Atkins in 1853.
Picnic by the Sea
A photograph of a young man and two young women having a picnic, taken by Studio Lisa in 1939. The group sit on top of cliffs as one of the girls holds out her cup to be filled.
Prince Monolulu, The Tipster, with his bride, the actress, Nellie Adkins
A photograph of the tipster Prince Monolulu and his bride Nellie Adkins, taken in August 1931 by George Woodbine for the Daily Herald.