The Frith Blog

Articles, news and opinions from The Francis Frith Collection.

We are always looking at old photographs and quite often we come across fascinating stories, facts and scenes and we want to share these with you. This is why we created the Frith Blog - it could be a set of photographs connected with the current season, upcoming events or a theme. We hope you enjoy browsing what we've found and if you have any ideas of articles we could create in the future, please let us know.

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Some weird and wonderful vintage photographs of clocks and clock towers from The Francis Frith Collection, with some fascinating history to help tell their stories. Some hand-coloured, but most in black and white, it's worth taking the time to read this one!

Continue reading 'It's about Time!'...

Remember, remember, the 5th of November! Archive photos, some history and your memories about Bonfire Night.

Continue reading 'Bonfire Night'...

From the heart of the village to the heart of the harvest, the images in The Francis Frith Collection provide a fascinating documentary record of rural life and social and economic change in Britain’s countryside over the last 150 years.

Continue reading 'Country Life'...

Wooden desks and inkwells, school milk and The Cane! We remember the best (and worst) of schooldays in the 1950s and 60s.

Continue reading 'Schoolday memories'...

We proudly showcase a special selection of images from The Francis Frith Collection of lifeboats and the brave men and women who risk their lives to go to the aid of those in danger on the sea. Here are some of their faces from the past, and also the tales behind some of the memorials that stand around the British coast commemorating the courage of those who lost their lives whilst trying to save others.

Continue reading 'Lifeboats'...

Join us to celebrate World Photo Day, as we showcase a selection of the many places featured in The Francis Frith Collection over the years, with old black and white historical photos and some modern coloured views documenting the changes that have taken place there.

Continue reading 'World Photo Day'...

Photos and memories of harvest time, that most special time of year in UK countryside communities.

Continue reading 'Bringing in the harvest'...

Enjoy some of our favourite sporting photographs from the archive and say Hooray for Sport!

Continue reading 'Hooray for Sport!'...

Dip into this seasonal selection of nostalgic photographs from The Francis Frith Collection of people in the past having fun in the sun, as we celebrate the onset of summer.

Continue reading 'Here Comes Summer!'...

We hope you enjoy this selection of vintage photographs on the theme of fishing and angling from The Francis Frith Collection – cast a line and pull one in!

Continue reading 'Gone Fishing'...

Whilst we all hope that everyday business will soon resume as usual, we bring you this selection of nostalgic photographs of shop fronts from The Francis Frith Collection, to celebrate being ‘Open for Business’!

Continue reading 'Open For Business'...

A special selection of photographs from the archive of various designs of prams of the past.

Continue reading 'The Pram'...