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Online picture archive launched
Approximately 250,000 news photographs from Britain’s past are now available online in a new free archive.
Memory Lane ( memorylane.co.uk) has been launched by Reach PLC, the publishing company behind the Daily Mirror, the Daily Express and many other British newspapers.
The photographs capture landmarks in British life, such as the Second World War and the coronation of Elizabeth II.
The website also has a facility that gives visitors the opportunity to preserve their own family photographs for the next generation by uploading and colourising them.
Historian and television presenter Professor Kate Williams said: “We learn so much more about our past when we look at the photographs of everyday people as opposed to formal photos of royalty and aristocracy. If important images languish in the loft, there is a real danger they may be lost forever.”
Note that the terms and conditions on the website state that users grant Memory Lane perpetual royalty-free rights to their photographs when they upload them.
Virtual exhibition celebrates Transport for London’s role in the Second World War Transport for London is using its online archives portal to commemorate the organisation’s contribution during the Second World War. The online exhibition will be available on tfl.access.preservica.com until June 2021. It features historic photographs and information on how the London Passenger Transport Board, as it was then known, contributed to the war effort, including by providing air-raid shelters in London Underground stations and manufacturing parts for bombers. The exhibition also features individual acts of heroism by employees, such as garage hand Ernest Price, who rescued three women from the wreckage of a building in 1941 despite danger from the presence of gas.
The price at auction of a letter by Rev John Harper, who died on RMS Titanic
The number of railway workers’ records from Queensland, Australia, added to ancestry.co.uk