To browse the collections:

In themes we have provided groups of the collection by theme for you to browse.  Alternatively you can search for objects using the Search Collections box above.

With thousands of objects you can find a result via most words.  Try something random for surprise results!

Search tips:

You can build up complex searches by using: and / or / not.

If you leave the box blank and press Search Collections you will get all the objects.  (Warning: this is a lot of images!)

There is no case-sensitivity.

In advanced search you can click 'images only' to only browse items with a picture.

Advanced Search:

Further search options are available by clicking the Advanced Search link under the search box.

You can refine your search by choosing Place, Object Name or Year.  Not all records include this information so for a more thorough search use the 'General' search tab which searches across all data entry fields.

If you search in general search it will automatically assume there is an 'AND' meaning that 'Ebenezer Howard' will find all items with the word 'Ebenezer' and 'Howard' and so will find all records on Howard Park also. Search in closed speech quotes to find exact terms, e.g. "Ebenezer Howard" or "First Garden City Ltd". Alternatively you could search: 'Ebenezer Howard NOT Park'. Using * will find all items before or after the statement - this is useful if you know the collection number e.g. the Spirella Collection is FGCHM100 so you can search '100.*'

Still cannot find what you are looking for? Contact us and we will assist you.

"I love that image - How can I get a copy?":

If there is an image on the website then we may be able to provide you with a copy, subject to copyright.  These are available for private use for £8.00 + VAT. There is a separate charge for reproduction rights.  Please contact us for details. Unfortunately, unless under exceptional circumstance, we cannot provide images if you cannot see one on the website.

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