Photographic records

Southampton Archives has a lot of images in its collections. These include engravings, postcards, photographs, negatives and glass lantern slides.

Our photographs date from the 1860s to the present day. You can use the photographs to find out more about Southampton's past.

Our photographs illustrate all sorts of different subjects: people at work and at play, families, school groups, notable events and even celebrities visiting Southampton.

We have a large number of photographs, engravings and drawings of ships in the port. If you wish to use this resource contact Southampton archives service

In the reading room you can find name, address and subject indexes to the photographs. Many images are also available on the Local history & Maritime Digital Archive

  • Photographs of war damaged properties
  • Houses demolished in the slum clearances of the mid 20th century
  • Ships in Southampton docks
  • Harbour Board photographs
  • Architect's department photographs (including building works)
  • Vosper Thornycroft shipbuilders
  • Publicity photographs
  • Planning photographs
  • School photographs
  • Work of photographic studios - Dennis Turner and Harlow collections
  • Southampton Camera Club records (founded 1896)