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The Highland Photographic Archive

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 1900s, the David Whyte collection which dates from 1880s to 1970s, 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.

To arrange an appointment or for further information please contact Lesley Junor on 01463 237114


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

For guidance on the use of images and other content, please see the Terms and Conditions page.
High Life Highland is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland No. SC407011 and is a registered Scottish charity No. SC042593
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