Kirklees Image Archive
Photographic archive containing over 250,000 negatives (predominantly glass plates), prints and lantern slides. Images date back to later 19th century and the vast majority relate to the Kirklees area and are topographical in nature. The collection can be divided into two main sections - those taken before 1940 which were acquired through purchase and donation by individual museums, and secondly the photographic archive of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner for the period 1948-1984.

Many items from this collection are available in digital copy on the website which contains 61,842 images from the collection: the website can be browsed, searched and prints can be purchased. Please note the Examiner photographs (reference no. KIA/EX) are currently unavailable on the Kirklees Images Archive website. Kirklees Museums and Galleries have an off-line catalogue of the  photographs so if you would like more information regarding obtaining a digital copy from the Examiner photographs please contact them at

This collection is owned by Kirklees Museums and Galleries, and Heritage Quay provides storage and public access to the collection. Public access to uncatalogued parts of the collection may be restricted, although Heritage Quay will make reasonable endeavours to assist those who want to use the collection.
  • KIA/EX

    Huddersfield Examiner photographic archive Subfonds

    Glass negatives for the period 1948-1963 inclusive. 19 shelves.
    Celluloid negatives (approx. 6x6 cm) for period 1964-1980. 20 shelves.
    35mm strip negatives for the period 1981-1984. 8 shelves.

    Some large format negatives apparently covering the whole period?

    These are possibly copies of other negatives in the formats above or another sequence of negatives.

    There are approximately 25 boxes of negatives per each year.

    The negatives are all numbered (numbering restarts at 1 each year). The numbering refers to the photographers' diaries which recorded the subject and dates of the photographs.

    With one box of photographers' diaries - microfilm. Appear to be complete set 1948-1984 in both negative and positive microfilm format.

    Indexes were created for some years (mostly 1949-1962) listing the photographs by year and running number; place; and subject.

    Please note the Examiner photographs are currently unavailable on the Kirklees Images Archive website but Kirklees Museums and Galleries have an off-line catalogue. Please contact them at for more information.
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