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Photographic archive

The value of photographs as integral to the collections of the museum was accepted from the beginning of the museum's development and consequently, over the past forty plus years, the archive has evolved into probably the most significant local source of historical images from the 1860's to the present day. Pictured left is a photogragh from the Harland & Wolff collection (ref #H 1721), click image to enlarge.

The archive today contains over 300,000 still images representing the way of life of the people of Northern Ireland and, on an international scale, aspects of the history of transport. Although the archive comprises collections of varying sizes, the William A. Green Collection of photographs, taken in the 1905-1930 period, illustrating many aspects of life and place, and the Harland & Wolff Collection, covering shipbuilding and engineering in the company's yard in Belfast, are both notable for their size and importance.

The archive is used extensively, by researchers, publishers and the media. A photographic service is available and copy images can often be provided from the collections and new photography undertaken.

Images of all the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum's collection of photographs of the White Star Line's Harland & Wolff built liners Olympic, Titanic and Britannic can be ordered through the contact email below.

Information about our moving image archive can be found within our Sound & Visual Media archive.

How to order

To purchase black & white or colour prints, or hire transparencies or CDs, download and complete the Application form below and send it by e-mail, fax, or post to the National Museums Northern Ireland Picture Library.

National Museums Picture Library operates a pro-forma invoicing system. Payment must be received (or, from public sector organisations, an official purchase order) before orders can be processed. Contact the Picture Library for information on charges and fees.

For sales enquiries contact:

For further information or to organise a viewing, please contact:

Michelle Ashmore
Picture Library
T: +44 (0) 28 9039 5109