Seeing the north with sankey:


From 1895 to 1965, father and son team Edward and Raymond Sankey photographed Barrow-in-Furness and the wider area of Cumbria and Lancashire. The 15,000 images they took captured day-to-day life and some of the momentous events that shaped the town and over its remarkable period of development. 

Beginning in January 2020, we started workshops with our local communities in describing, cataloguing and researching this unique Sankey Family Photographic Archive. During lockdown, we invited all those involved to choose a favourite photograph to explore in depth for a new online exhibition called ‘Photo in Focus’.  

This exhibition offers both a rare glimpse into a few of these incredible images, some of which have remained unseen for over 100 years and a chance for you to explore in more detail, the rich heritage that surrounds them.

Please click on the photographs to find out more — for the best experience, we recommend viewing this exhibition on a desktop computer. We hope you enjoy the show!

‘H399, Wastwater Hotel’ 1960. Edward and Raymond Sankey

© Sankey Family Photography Collection
Tim Sankey Photography Collection.

'Oak Lea Fire Outrage' 1913, Edward Sankey.

© Sankey Family Photography Collection

Did you enjoy this online exhibition? Feel free to leave us your feedback in the comments box below!

'‘1334, Mauna Loa’ 1911. Edward Sankey

© Sankey Family Photography Collection

Thank you to the Sankey Family for generously donating the Sankey Family Photography Collection to Cumbria Archives and making this project possible.

Our project is kindly funded by the following...

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Jocelyn

    Amazing! Incredible to see the sailing ships! They look so intricate

  2. Helen Wall

    Stunning, left me with butterflies and close to tears – and I thought I knew a lot about the collection

  3. Garry Lingard

    , enjoyed it very much

    1. Garry Lingard


  4. Garry Lingard

    Fascinating glimpses into the past, enjoyed it very much

  5. Hugh Edwards


  6. Kezia

    A wonderful online exhibition – great to explore the images in more depth, can’t wait to see more uncovered for the next one!

    1. Julia Parks

      Thank you Kezia – pleased you enjoyed the exhibition. We will be doing a second show very soon.

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