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Photographic Archive

The Photographic Archive is based on a large set of historical photographs collected by the late P.S.H. Lawrence, a former Eton Master. Images date from as far back as 1850 and they provide a visual record of school life and its development over the last 160 years. Some of the most significant are reproduced in two volumes of An Eton Camera, the first volume covering the years 1850–1919, and the second 1920–1959.

The collection also includes photographs by renowned artists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Margaret Bourke-White, Jane Bown and Bill Brandt, who were commissioned at various times to document Eton.

Access and Enquiries

Normally hands-on examination of photographs is not possible as they are all kept enclosed in conservation conditions but a major project is well underway to digitise the entire collection so that the images can be viewed on the Collections catalogue. Please note that we do not release photographs of living people without their agreement.

Further enquiries should be made to the Keeper of the Photographic Archive. Images may be requested via our Imaging Services.