Directory of
Photographic Collections
in the UK


The Directory was created by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts London, London College of Communication, to help researchers to look for photographs relating to their interests. The project is led by Val Williams, and its researcher, since 2004, is Bob Pullen.

The Directory is a portal to Institutions in the UK, and provides information and contact details of publicly accessible photographic collections. It is a constantly developing resource of information on photographic collections, and its value and significance as a research tool will steadily increase as institutions add their collections to it. While the internet is a powerful resource bringing a wealth of information onto to your screen, there is no substitute for visiting institutions, talking to those responsible for collections, and actually holding photographs in your hands.

While we endeavour to provide as much information on institutions and their photographic collections as possible, please understand that as the majority of photographic collections are constantly being added to we will never be able to provide the latest holdings of any one particular institution.

To begin your search you can do one of the following:

Select one of the titles - Institutions, Photographers, Studios/Companies - on the left of the screen, this allows you to browse an alphabetical list of names in the directory.

Select Subject Search, this is found on the left and top of the screen, and search by subject heading.

If you know the name of the Institution, Photographer or Studio type it into the Quick Search box, this is a free text search on the names listed in the Directory.

Alternatively, select General Search on the tool bar at the top of the screen, this will allow other searches to be made in addition to those listed above. You will also find Subject Search and a Help page if you require further assistance in using the Directory.