Sankey Family Photography Collection

Search over 10,000 images online


The Sankey Photography Online Archive is a collection of over 10,000 historical photographs taken by Edward and Raymond Sankey in Barrow-in-Furness

The physical archive, now housed at Cumbria Archives, is a stunning collection of glass plate negatives and postcards of Barrow and the north-west, which is believed to be the largest of its kind, documenting Barrow between the years of 1890 and 1970.

The images were catalogued and digitised as part of the Seeing the North with Sankey Project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage fund with the support of a team of volunteers.

Signal Film and Media opened up the gallery space at Cooke’s Studios to celebrate the launch of the online archive on September 7th, 2023. 

An exhibition coincided with the launch which gave members of the public the opportunity to explore the online archive with support from the team and enjoy prints and films from previous Sankey projects.