Acquisition and Preservation


At present we have over 130 individual photographic collections at the image bank, deposited by local businesses, keen photographers and members of the public.

We accept and process all image based records/formats; including photographic prints/transparency negatives/slides/glass plates/digital within the guidelines of our Collection and Acquisition Policy.


Whether the photographs were taken by you; or another individual; or whether they were taken 1 year ago or 100! At SWiB we appreciate the research value of ALL photographs and are working to establish a complementary living archive for the benefit of tomorrow’s history.

As custodian of deposited photographic records, adequate documentation upon deposit is given thereby allowing the depositor to retain full rights to the collection if preferred.

We also accept original material on a temporary loan basis, allowing us to create a digital record of the material, the originals of which along with a copy of the digital archive are then presented back to the depositor.

Our qualified Archivist can offer a professional archival appraisal service of all photographic records to avoid unnecessary weeding/destruction of items which may ultimately diminish the research value of the collection as a whole. Similarily, we would never destroy or throw away any material offered, all weeded items (if any) will be offered back to the depositor.


We can offer deposited collections a safe and secure environmentally controlled storage facility to ensure their continued availability for research for generations to come. See our Preservation Policy for further details.

We repackage all collections where necessary using acid-free archival boxes.


A repackaged collection, preserved in our archival storage facility

If you would like to discuss the possibility of depositing/loaning material with/to us, please do contact the SWiB Archivist. Appointments are advisable to ensure we have prepared all necessary documentation.

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