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Photographic Archive

The Photographic Archive was established in 1985 and is built around a large set of historical photographs collected by the late P.S. H. Lawrence, a former Eton Master. The photographs date back as far as 1850 and provide a visual record of the school’s development over the last 160 years. The most significant are reproduced in two volumes of An Eton Camera by Mr Lawrence, the first volume covering the years 1850–1919, and the second 1920–1959.

The Photographic Archive’s policy is to make its resources available to individuals featured in the photographs, to their families and to serious, bona fide research scholars. It is normal for enquirers to be asked for an explanation of their research interest. No photographs of people still alive are released unless agreement is given by those featured in the photographs.

Charges may be made for the supply of photographs, the exact sum depending on the nature of the image required and the context in which it is to be used. Enquiries should be made to the Keeper of the Photographic Archive, click here to email.

A major project is underway to digitise the entire collection for purposes of conservation and easier accessibility.