Picturing the Past in Photos, Postcards and Illustrations

We’re often asked for images, illustrations and photographs for a variety of reasons: house or building history, planning and model making are just a few. So we thought it might be useful to list a few sources of useful information about how to access images, both online and in our collections.

Firstly, with a title including ‘Picturing the Past’ we couldn’t forget to mention the fantastic website Picture the Past which has thousands of searchable images from throughout the East Midlands.  If you are particularly taken with an image you come across, you can even have it made into a cushion cover, coaster, or mug, among other items!

The images range from the scenic

PtPbike

to the posed

Family

to the celebratory

celebration

We also have an A-Z Illustrations card index in our collection Local Studies collection which can be accessed in our Card Catalogue Room in the Local Studies Library. This contains references to photos, illustrations, postcards and other imagery. These often provide clues as to what a building may have looked like internally as well as externally, railways, mines and industry, and family and public events.

 

You can also find photographs and images in our Archives.  A search for ‘photograph’ under ‘description’ in our online catalogue revealed 633 results.

In addition, if you are looking for aerial photos, the incredibly useful website Britain from Above has some useful images from around Britain. This is one of Derby.  Let us know if you have any useful sources for illustrations, photos or other types of images!

Derby from the Air

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Calmview is online

In my last post about catalogues, I suggested we might be looking at mid-February for the completion of an upgrade on our catalogue browser. And, OK, it’s the last day of February, but we are there.

One of the benefits of the new browser (Calmview) is that it allows us to upload images and attach them to catalogue entries. At the time of posting, we have only 5, but there will be more. Our trial of this function begins with images relating to World War I. That hyperlink will take you to an up-to-date overview of catalogue entries that have associated images, so if you click the same thing in a few days’ time, you should see more there. To view an image, just click on the particular entry.

I hope the idea of using hyperlinks is one we can work with more. For instance, in response to a specific request I can add a link here to the Froggatt of Froggatt collection, D3331.

Another useful thing is that we can add documents, which means we can post wordprocessed versions of lists that we haven’t added to the catalogue yet. A random example is D5262, a collection of Monyash title deeds.

Further posts on this kind of caper will follow. Thanks.