Collection: J R Uppington photographs

1930 - 1959
Collection containing Photographic material
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The collection contains 246 snapshot photographs of a variety of subjects in England and Wales taken by J R Uppington, with about half of the collection relating to London. The most unique aspect of this part of the collection is Uppington's recording of the structures built, decorations and ceremonies associated with the Festival of Britain in 1951, and the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Included are images taken at night of floodlit buildings and structures. Other subjects include: Skylon, Flying Boat in the Pool of London, decorations on The Mall, Battersea Power station, construction of the Festival site, Coronation stands in Whitehall, Selfridges coronation decorations, the Queen's proclamation at the Bank of England, the funeral of Queen Mary in 1953, London airport, and views from St Paul's Cathedral.

The second part of the collection depicts more conventional subjects over the rest of England, including fishermen in Cornish harbours, Blackpool Tower and the illuminations at night, Saltash Bridge, York Minster, Windsor Castle, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and views from the top of Tewkesbury Abbey tower.

There are also 6 copy negatives created from the original prints, and 6 photographic prints created from the copy negatives.

A handlist is available.

Archival History

The collection was given to the NMR in by J R Uppington in 1995.


This Collection is divided into 2 Child Series
This Collection contains the following materials:
Photograph (Print): 246
Photograph (Negative): 6
Photograph (Print): 6


© Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Uppington, Jr