Raj pictures found in shoe box at Edinburgh national collection
Another shoe-box full of never-before-seen historic photographs! Where are they all coming from? And why aren't we finding them?!
This time the welcome find consists of 178 - yes, one hundred and seventy-eight - negatives untouched for almost 100 years and detailing life in India during the time of the British Raj. Featuring myriad images of British diplomats and grand occasions such as the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1912, the collection also includes many fascinating scenes of local life and people going about their business. Some of the pictures hardly look a century old.
Photos of life in the British Raj in India are found in a shoe box
Surprisingly little is known about a lot of the photos and even less about the photographer so it is hoped that the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland can, with the help of photography experts, historians and members of the public, find out a great deal more about these wonderful images and who took them.
Described as a "treasure trove", they certainly are that and more. An amazing set of photographs that provide a remarkable insight into British and Indian way of life in the Raj one hundred years ago, with luck the RCAHMS will put them on display and made available to the public. Already all 178 images have found their way on to the Commission's digital archive and many are available to view online now. Another set of rare images to immerse myself in? Yes please!