Huddersfield Examiner and Kirklees Image Archive Photographs

Steps to Acquiring a photograph from the Huddersfield Examiner Archives or the Kirklees Image Archive

The “Kirklees Image Archive” is a collection assembled by Kirklees Museums of images of Kirklees, dating back to the late 19th century. These are chiefly of local places, but also include people, and photographs taken by Kirklees people (of subjects not in the Kirklees archive). The photographic archive contains over 250,000 negatives (predominantly glass plates), prints and lantern slides. These archives were recently transferred to Heritage Quay where it is stored and is available for researchers.

The collection can be divided into two main sections:

1) those taken before 1940 which were acquired through purchase and donation by individual museums such as the Tolson and Bagshaw museums

2) the photographic archive of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner for the period 1948-1984. Although the images were deposited with Kirklees Museums when Trinity Mirror bought the paper in 1971 Trinity Mirror retains the copyright.

Read on for details of what to do depending on your situation!

I want a copy of a photograph I’ve seen published in an edition of “All our Yesterdays”

Contact the Huddersfield Examiner directly, as they (or the Trinity Mirror archive) will have the digitised versions, and will be able to provide more information on purchasing a copy.

Details of how to contact Trinity Mirror can be found here http://www.trinitymirror.com/

I want a copy of a photograph that has appeared in the Huddersfield Examiner between 1948 and 1984

Firstly, you can check if the photograph is on the Kirklees Image Archive website. Copies of these items are available direct. Please follow the instructions on the website here http://www.kirkleesimages.org.uk/

Next, whether you know the date of the photograph or not, you can visit Heritage Quay’s searchroom and look in our Photographer’s Diaries books to try and locate the image. The original negative may or may not still exist (there are some gaps in the collection!), but if it does it will be either a glass plate negative, or a small or large format negative. Heritage Quay has equipment that can scan small format (35mm) negatives. For a facility fee you can use this equipment to make a copy. You will also have to fill out a copyright form stating the image is for your own personal research purposes and won’t be re-published anywhere. If the negative is glass plate or large format we can’t currently facilitate access to copies. If you have equipment that can scan these, please discuss the possibility of using it in the searchroom with the Archivists before you visit.

I want a copy of a photograph that has appeared in the Huddersfield Examiner between 1948 and 1984 and want to publish it in some form (e.g. book, website, etc.)

Firstly, you can check if the photograph is on the Kirklees Image Archive website. Copies of these items are available direct. Please follow the instructions on the website here http://www.kirkleesimages.org.uk/

Next, whether you know the date of the photograph or not, you can visit Heritage Quay’s searchroom and look in our Photographer’s Diaries books to try and locate the image. The original negative may or may not still exist (there are some gaps in the collection!), but if it does it will be either a glass plate negative, or a small or large format negative. Heritage Quay has equipment that can scan small format (35mm) negatives. For a facility fee you can use this equipment to make a copy. You will also have to fill out a copyright form stating the image is for your own personal research purposes.

If you are hoping to re-publish the image in some format, before your visit to Heritage Quay, you must contact the Huddersfield Examiner/Trinity Mirror and receive written permission that you can re-publish the image. You should bring this written permission with you into the searchroom on your visit. If the negative is glass plate or large format we can’t currently facilitate access to copies. If you have equipment that can scan these, please discuss the possibility of using it in the searchroom with the Archivists before you visit.

I want a copy of a photograph that has appeared in the Huddersfield Examiner after 1984

Firstly, you can check if the photograph is on the Kirklees Image Archive website. Copies of these items are available direct. Please follow the instructions on the website here http://www.kirkleesimages.org.uk/

Contact the Trinity Mirror archive, who will hold the digitised versions, and will be able to provide more information on purchasing a copy.

Details of how to contact Trinity Mirror can be found here http://www.trinitymirror.com/