Hampshire Cultural Trust

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Historic Photograph Collection

The  collection contains a large number of portraits and topographical views of the historic county of Hampshire and its people dating from the 1850s to the present day. Photographs are acquired primarily for their topographical or collections-related content rather than for any artistic merit although the two sometimes occur in the same image.

The collection currently consists of over 250,000 photographic prints, negatives, glass plate negatives, lantern slides  and transparencies and includes the largest collection of historical photographic material of Winchester and district held by any organisation in Hampshire. 

The material stored at the Chilcomb and F2 collections centres in Winchester is available by prior appointment, to researchers and through specialist workshops and tours.  A selection of photographs are available to view online on our searchable online collections website and we also have a Facebook page Hampshire in Old Photographs where we regularly post photographs of local places and people.

Electronic or printed copies of photographs from the collection can be supplied for private or commercial use, prices available on request, contact Wendy Bowen, wendy.bowen@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk, tel 01962 678140 to find out more about the collection or to arrange to visit the collection.

A small selection of photographs are available to buy online as framed or unframed prints from the Magnolia Box website.

New Acquisitions

Whenever possible legal copyright and other rights to the item are to be transferred to Hampshire County Council or Winchester City Council at the time of acquisition. This is particularly important in the context of photographs and works of art.

Hampshire Cultural Trust will not acquire original film and sound archives for its own use or on behalf of Hampshire County Council or Winchester City Council. To ensure that the public interest is best served, in terms of proper access and care, such material will be directed to the Wessex Film and Sound Archive.

When acquiring significant collections of photographs on behalf of Hampshire County Council or Winchester City Council, Hampshire Cultural Trust will do so in consultation with Hampshire Archives and Local Studies.


Each collection will continue to be audited to identify priority areas for rationalisation and disposal. Particular attention will be given to the following areas:

  • A proportion of the output of each local photographer where large amounts of similar material have been accessioned
  • Any photographic negatives that are found to be deteriorating and that pose a threat to other material

Full records will be kept of all decisions on disposals and the items involved and proper arrangements made for the preservation and/or transfer, as appropriate, of the documentation relating to the items concerned, including photographic records where practicable in accordance with SPECTRUM Procedure on deaccession and disposal.