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Photographic Collections and the Highland Photographic Archive

Over one hundred years of Highland history


Joseph Cook Collection

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery’s photographic collections and the Highland Photographic Archive are cared for by museum staff on behalf of High Life Highland.  The Digital Collections Officer and curatorial staff are responsible for preserving and cataloguing negatives and photographs from all over the Highlands to make them accessible to all.  Access to the contact prints can be arranged through Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

The Highland Photographic Archive and Inverness Museum’s own accessions comprise of several major photographic collections.  The Highland Photographic Archive includes the David Whyte collection, which dates from 1880s to 1970s, the Jimmy Thomson collection (1980s and 1990s) and the Jimmy Nairn collection from the 1950s.  Inverness Museum and Art Gallery’s photographic archive includes the Gordon Shennan collection, the Joseph Cook collection (1880 to early 1900s) and part of the MEM Donaldson collection, from the early 20th century.  Some smaller photographic collections and donations from members of the public and local groups are also included.  In its entirety both the Highland Photographic Archive and the museum’s photographic collections total 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.  Many of the images from the collections can be found on the Am Baile website.

To arrange an appointment or for further information please contact Andrea Finlayson on 01349 781741
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.