The Photographic Archive, housed in the basement of 27 George Square, contains over 40,000 images - mainly black and white prints along with a substantial collection of colour slides.
The Archive is particularly rich in rurally based material, and the majority of the images date from the 1930s to the present day. Subject matter includes domestic buildings, household economy, agriculture, fishing, transport and communications, crafts, seasonal customs, music and dance, and portraits of tradition bearers.
Pictures come from a variety of sources including staff and student fieldwork and donated collections, for example:
Click an image to view the full size version.
Read Ian MacKenzie's paper on ethnological photography published by the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture and presented at a one-day conference entitled 'Dialect and Folk Life Studies in Britain: The Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture in its Context.'
Please contact Dr Cathlin Macaulay to visit or to find out more about the Photographic Archive. Requests can be made for material to be copied. There is a charge for this service and some images are subject to copyright restrictions.
This article was published on Apr 25, 2012