As part of my search to find the faces I have been using a large number of online archives, as of yet none have aided me in my search by finding a face but I have found some really useful sites along the way.
If you happen to be reading this blog and are interested in your family or local history try these tip offs from me and they may help you find what you are searching for…
-The Peoples History Museum (especially if your relative was a bit political!)
-The National Archives (which houses the governments offical archive)
-The Manchester Jewish Museum (who have a collection that focuses on social, cultural and religious history in the Greater Manchester area in paticular)
-Greater Manchester Pastfinder (who hold listings from over 4,000 archives held by local government in Greater Manchester)
-Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society -I have been talking to them about helping me find faces among their members and if you have any kind of query it is worth getting in touch with them as they are very efficient and lovely!
-The Documentary Photography Archive -A brilliant website which documents the life of the Greater Manchester region with over 100,000 archive images dating back from the earliest days of photography, including family photo albums which also includes studio portraits!
On another note aside from family history I cannot say enough how brilliant the National Media Museum (based in Bradford) is in terms of photographic history, housing a vast range of old and new cameras this place is really worth a visit! They also house “Insight” which is the Museums Collections and Research centre which offers a wealth of information and a behind the scenes look, which, I can say having done it myself, is quite an experience!
Whilst my search using the portraits and what little information we have on them has only got as far as the Lord Mayor I’m pleased to report that a number of other people apart from Steve have been in touch! I’m keeping it hushed for now until I have more information to bring you but keep reading and I will report on these new discoveries very very soon!