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Glass Slide Digitisation Project

Tower of London Beefeater and child, c1910Bishopsgate Library recently completed a volunteer project to digitise over 3000 glass slides left at the Institute by the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society when it moved its library to the Museum of London in 1977.

The collection features images of most of London’s landmarks, churches, open spaces, statues and buildings, alongside social and cultural scenes and portraits of the famous from the turn of the century to the interwar period.

The slides comprise a fascinating and unique resource for studying the changing nature of the City over a number of years. Thanks to the work of a dedicated team of volunteers, this project was able to open up this collection to use by researchers of all backgrounds and provide access to a collection previously closed from public viewing due to their fragility. The images are now available to view via the Library’s catalogue.

Selections from the Glass Slide Collection are also available to view at the HistoryPin website and on the Bishopsgate Institute Flickr Photostream.