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Cornish Images

Photographs have the power to inspire, inform and connect us to the world. They can help us to find a sense of place, and a sense of our own heritage.

The majority of our images are negatives, from nineteenth century glass plates to modern film negatives. We also hold prints in a variety of forms, including albumen prints, tintypes and daguerreotypes. Physical access to the collection is limited, due to the fragile nature of the images.

Our collection contains over 50,000 images from 1845 to the present. It provides a fascinating insight into Cornish life and culture, captured by both amateur and professional photographers.


In 2014, we were successfully awarded a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund to improve the access to and care of our photographic collection.

Thanks to this funding, part of our collection of over 50,000 images is being digitised and re-packaged to conservation standards, so that future generations may learn and benefit from this fantastic archive. In the process we have created an online resource, which allows you to search, browse and buy images from our collection.  Throughout the duration of the 2 year project, we will be putting a selection of our best images on-line, covering topics such as:

Places, People, Mining, Shipping, Farming, Railways, Cornwall in the First World War

This project would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our 10 digitisation volunteers who have been trained in preventative conservation, digitisation and cataloguing.  The money raised through the sale of images will help us, as a charity, to continue to care for our collections.


Search our online collection held at Mediastorehouse where you can browse, research and buy images from our photographic collection