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Recent Discoveries from the Archive

We have new photography arriving all the time, as well as older collections, some of which have hardly been touched since we received them. Our teams are working hard to conserve, document and make all of this material more accessible. As we work through them, we can't resist sharing with you some of the great images we come across.

March-April 2017 Recent Discoveries Image Gallery

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  • archive watercolour painting showing a street scene around a standing cross with a market shelter surrounding it.
  • archive black and white photograph of a man and woman standing on a trestle mounted on stepladders in front of a medieval arched doorway.
  • archive black and white photograph showing a biplane with floats in the sea close to a beach with onlookers paddling nearby.
  • archive black and white photograph showing a steamer, sailing vessels and a butty moored on both sides of a narrow harbour or inlet.
  • archive black and white photograph showing a domed cathedral, a tall timber tower and a number of fanciful flying machiunes in the sky.
  • archive black and white photograph showing a two-masted sailing vessel at sea.
  • archive black and white photograph of a street with a spread of people in Victorian-style costume  looking towards the camera.
  • archive black and white photograph showing a group of people riding an open-topped steamer through a river lock, with onlookers on the bank.
  • archive black and white photograph showing a rifle range with two prone boys or young men in military uniform aiming rifles at targets.
  • colour aerial photograph showing an urban lanscape with a series of curved low-rise blocks in the foreground.
  • colour aerial photograph showing a brick built stately home including parts of a stone built castle set in parkland
  • colour aerial photograph showing an elevated circular building linked by a raised walkway to a large rectangular industrial building
  • colour aerial photograph of a castle set in parkland.
  • colour aerial photograph showing a coastal town with a pier set around a sandy bay.
  • colour aerial photograph showing the strong shadows cast by banks and ditches on one side of the castle, with trees surrounding the remaining sides.
  • colour aerial photograph showing flood defences across a river.
  • colour aerial photograph showing ferries entering and leaving a large harbour with white cliffs in the background.
  • colour aerial photograph showing at least six circular mounds set in rough moorland.
  • colour aerial photograph showing a series of rectangular ditched and walled enclosures, one side of which is cut away by a watercourse and railway.
  • colour photograph showing a painted mural of David Bowie surrounded by a mound of bunches of flowers, cards and other offerings.

February 2017 Recent Discoveries Image Gallery

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  • Colour oblique aerial photograph of a cathedral church.
  • Archive black and white photograph showing a brick built tower mill with sails intact.
  • Archive colour photograph showing a pond and formal garden in front of a stately home.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a shopping street showing awnings and signage, with a pony and trap and pedestrians.
  • Archive black and white photograph showing a three-bay timber-framed jettied building with shop premises on the ground floor.
  • Archive sepia photograph showing a three storey house set within castle walls.
  • Colour photograph showing a striking luminous red structure set amongst concrete buildings.
  • Colour photograph showing the upper part of a recumbent effigy of an elderly bearded man with hands  clasped in prayer.
  • Archive black and white photograph showing a complex construction site from above.
  • Archive black and white photograph showing a workman on a caterpillar dozer pushing soil, with two men in suits, overcoats and hats looking on.
  • Archive colour photograph showing workmen on scaffolding manouvering a bronze sculpture held aloft by a hook and hawsers. The shadow of a crane is visible against the wall behind.
  • Black and white oblique aerial photograph showing a busy airport with a number of aircraft on the ground.
  • Colour oblique aerial photograph of the mostly-ruined, partly-roofed remains of a monastic complex.
  • Colour oblique aerial photograph of a Gothic Revival mansion.
  • Colour oblique aerial photograph of a sinuous earthwork field system set within modern hedged field boundaries.
  • Colour oblique aerial photograph of a rectangular earthwork complex in grassland with scattered trees.
  • Colour oblique aerial photograph of a sports stadium.
  • Colour oblique aerial photograph of earthworks and growth marks in a grassed field.
  • Colour oblique aerial photograph of a maze pattern cut into a field of crops.
  • Colour oblique aerial photograph of a stately home with ancillary buildings set in gardens and parkland.
  • Archive black and white photograph showing scaffolding and reconstruction work underway on a brick and stone built semi-cirular bastion of a fortification.
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