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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Water is a finite, reliable and potentially very large power source, which was widely exploited throughout Britain in the past. We hope you enjoy this selection of photographs from The Francis Frith Collection of some of Britain's most wonderful watermills.

Continue reading 'Water Mills'...

As the country and world mourn the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II we are reminded of the many memories of the Queen that you have added to our website over the years.

Continue reading 'Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 1926-2022'...

Smiles all around in this selection of favourite photographs from The Francis Frith Collection of traditional donkey rides on our nation's beaches from 1906-1963.

Continue reading 'Donkeys on the sands'...

To celebrate the summer holiday season, here is a selection of nostalgic seaside photographs from The Francis Frith Collection showing that most iconic feature of beach scenes from the 19th and early 20th centuries – the bathing machine.

Continue reading 'Bathing Machines'...

We send Her Majesty our sincere congratulations on her Jubilee, and grateful thanks for her incredible seventy years of service to our nation.

Continue reading 'A Platinum Jubilee Celebration!'...

We mark St George’s Day with a selection of nostalgic Frith photographs of pubs and inns named after St George and the Dragon, some of which are sadly no longer in business.

Continue reading 'George & Dragon Pubs'...

In hopeful anticipation of a long, hot summer, we bring you a selection of nostalgic Frith photographs featuring bonnets and boaters galore!

Continue reading 'Bonnets & Boaters'...

As we celebrate Mothering Sunday, we bring you a special selection of photographs of mothers with their children, together with some sweet, sentimental quotes about motherhood.

Continue reading 'A Mother's Love'...

Are you a keen gardener? We hope you enjoy this hand-picked selection of our images celebrating Britain's love of gardens.

Continue reading 'Gardens and gardening'...

We hope you enjoy looking at this evocative selection of historical photographs from The Francis Frith Collection of female characters in past times, accompanied by inspiring quotes from strong women.

Continue reading 'Feisty Women'...

We celebrate St David's Day - 1st March - with some of our staff's favourite photographs of Wales and the Welsh people from The Francis Frith Collection.

Continue reading 'St David's Day'...

Archive photographs tracing the life of Robert Burns, Scotland's "national poet" as we celebrate his birthday on the 25th January. Happy Burns Night!

Continue reading 'Robert Burns'...