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Highland Photographic Archive

Over one hundred years of Highland history.


The Highland Photographic Archive is part of Inverness Museum & Art Gallery within High Life Highland. The photographic archive is responsible for preserving and cataloguing negatives and photographs from all over the highlands and to then make them accessible to all.  Access to the archive is through Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. If you wish to visit the archive in person an appointment is necessary.

The archive is home to several major highland photographic collections.  The Joseph Cook collection dates from 1880 to early 1900s, the David Whyte collection dates from 1880s to 1970s and the Jimmy Nairn collection from the 1950s.  We also hold the Shennan collection and part of the MEM Donaldson collection. Some smaller photographic collections and donations from members of the public and local groups are also included within the archive.  The archive in its entirety comprises of some 100,000 negatives and prints, the majority of which are from Inverness and the surrounding area although other parts of the Highland region is represented.  Numerous examples of the Highland Photographic Archive collections can be found on the Ambaile website. BOX1_FERRY

To arrange an appointment or for further information please contact Andrea Finlayson on 01349 781730.

Email: [email protected]

Appointments can be arranged Monday-Friday between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm.


Photographic Collections

David Whyte

Joseph Cook

Gordon Shennan

Jimmy Nairn

MEM Donaldson

Jimmy Thomson



All copyright for these images are held by High Life Highland on behalf of The Highland Council

Images are available for purchase, please contact us for details.