Over the last year a team of volunteers has been working hard to list a collection of approximately 4,000 photographic prints acquired from the former North Eastern Railway Headquarters in York (now the Grand Hotel). These have been stored in their original filing cabinet since their acquisition and were unlisted, making them fairly inaccessible.
The team has systematically listed the photographs, noting subject, date and other significant information. They have come across some great prints while they have been working, including snow ploughs, historic sites, images of the old railway museum, royalty and much, much more.
The group have now finished listing the prints and I have a very large pile of handwritten listings sitting on my desk waiting to be typed up! This year, two new volunteers will be joining the team to do that very thing. Once these lists are typed, we can make them available to staff and researchers in the museum.
Now that the prints are listed I am also able to rehouse the prints into archive boxes, arranged by theme, for improved storage and for their long term preservation.
Below are some examples of the images in the collection.