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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. Customer access to the archive is through Inverness Museum & Art Gallery where the archive’s office is now based. 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 which dates from 1880 to early 1900’s, the David Whyte collection which dates from 1880’s to 1970’s, the Jimmy Nairn collection which is from the 1950s, the Shennan collection and part of the MEM Donaldson collection. We also hold smaller photographic collections and donations from members of the public and local groups etc. The archive is now home to well over 100,000 negatives and prints which relate to most areas of the highlands but the majority are from Inverness and the surrounding area. Numerous examples of the photographic collections within The Highland Photographic Archive are on the Ambaile website. www.ambaile.org.ukBOX1_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

Purchasing Digital Images  please look at our online shop or contact us .