How To

Using this site

You can carry out a simple free-text, keyword search by typing any word into the sites search box. Your search will automatically search our entire online collection of photographs, maps, artefacts, artworks and archive documents. You can limit your search by using the collection and image type drop down menus beneath the search box.

By clicking on the 'Show advanced search' prompt on the Home Page, you can limit or refine your search by specifying a date range, searching for images by a particular photographer or artist, or identifying a portrait subject.

To create an account, go to 'Create new account' on the homepage and complete the registration form. Your username will be your email address and you will be asked to choose a password. Address details will be required should you wish to place an image order.

Ordering Images

You can order high-resolution scans of the images you find online by emailing us your order along with details of how the image/s are to be used. We will contact you to discuss your project and to supply you with a quote. All high-resolution images are supplied as 300dpi compressed files. You can email your order to a member of the team via:

The Picture Library also holds hundreds of thousands of images that are not yet accessible online. As such we offer a picture research service to assist you in finding the right images to fulfil your brief. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements.

Moving Footage

Our collection contains an archive of moving footage. These films are held by the British Film Institute and are available for licensing through their Archival Footage Sales department. Please contact them directly to discuss access or licensing.
Tel. 020 7957 4842