Wednesday 28 March 2018

Ancestry adds archive of images spanning 1704-1989

Ancestry has uploaded more than 23,000 photographs, pen and ink illustrations and sketches from the Fox and Hulton Collections (Getty Images).

The photo archive - UK, Historical Photographs and Prints, 1704-1989 - includes images that cover England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The Irish element, while small at only 200-odd items, contain some wonderful old pics, including scenes from the 1951 Puck Fair held in Killorglin, Co Kerry (for some reason indexed as Customs; Wales); mass burials in Cork following the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915; and post-Easter Rising scenes of smouldering ruins in Dublin.

There's a write-up on the collection in today's Irish Times, which mentions that it will be free to view over the Easter weekend.