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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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'...

The 1921 UK Census information will be published online on 6th January 2022. This will be the first time that this information will be available for anyone to search it, either online or in an archive, and is an event eagerly awaited by genealogists, historians and everyone compiling their own family history.

Continue reading 'Life in 1921'...

Will we have snow this Christmas? Perhaps... but if not, here is a seasonal selection of snow-scene photographs from The Francis Frith Collection to remind us what a frozen winter wonderland looks like in all its pristine glory!

Continue reading 'Let it Snow!'...

Celebrate the spectacular scenery of Scotland and some of its most iconic landmarks. Some of these are historical images in their original black and white version, others have been colour-tinted by hand in the old-fashioned style, and some are modern colour photographs showing the magnificent Scottish scenery in all its technicolour glory which have been added to the Collection in more recent times. Enjoy the view!

Continue reading 'Scenic Scotland'...

A special selection of photographs from our Archive of the War Memorials that connect us with those who fought and perished in the world wars that have shaped the world we live in today.

Continue reading 'War Memorials'...

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!'...