Illustrations

The illustrations collection includes over 17,000 photographs and 13,000 postcards. The collection is especially rich in views of Lewisham from the 1890s to 1914; Deptford, being a poorer area, was less often photographed.

They are catalogued and stored by area and within that by subject: a very large proportion are on open access.
A photographic survey of the borough was maintained from the 1960s to the 1980s.

There is a collection of prints from the later eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; these are on closed access but copies will shortly be available on open access. The negatives of the Lewisham Borough News for the years 1955-1964 were deposited when that paper ceased publication in 1975.

The art collection includes paintings of local views and by local artists. Although these are on closed access, those of local views have been photographed and are on open access.

An extensive collection of slides is held, which may be borrowed by recognised local organisations.

The Millennium Portrait of Lewisham, a project carried out by volunteers, comprises at least one photograph of every street in the borough, showing local people in the year 2000.

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