Photographic Collections


The Museum holds over 220,000 photographic objects, one of the largest and most significant anthropology and archaeology collections in Britain. The Museum has always collected photographs, viewing them as important sources of information. Our earliest photographs were taken in 1860 by Louis Allen Goss, a school inspector working in Rangoon, Burma. The collection includes material from the late 19th and early 20th century –when there was significant developments in the way photography was used – as well as recent works by contemporary anthropologists and artists. Many photographs are on regular display; the reserve collection can be seen by appointment.