Sankey Photo in Focus 2

Play introduction

Signal Film and Media are thrilled to welcome you to our second Photo in Focus exhibition, part of the recently digitised Sankey Family Photographic CollectionThe Sankeys were a father and son team who photographed Barrow and the wider Cumbria and Lancashire area from 1895 – 1965. 

This volunteer-curated exhibition gives you a glimpse into this substantial collection. We hope you enjoy the rich history and stories behind these rarely seen photographs, some of which have remained hidden away for over a hundred years. 

Please click ‘Enter Exhibition’ to start exploring the main gallery. Within the gallery, simply scroll to navigate and click any photograph to find out the fascinating story behind it. 

Just so you know, you can view this exhibition on any device, however for the best experience we recommend a desktop computer. Please enjoy the show!

Who were the Sankeys?

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.

Copyright Information

The Sankey Family Photography Collection is subject to copyright held by via Cumbria Archives. This copyright applies to all images used by Signal from the Sankey collection. Signal is working in collaboration with the Archives to make the images available via a creative commons licence for non-commercial use. This licence will be enacted once the collection has been fully catalogued and made available via an online searchable database at the end of 2021. However in the meantime we ask you not to download the images. If you are interested in sharing them, please do so by sharing a link to this site.

Get Involved

If you are interested in finding out more about the project or getting involved in the cataloguing process please contact

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  1. Stephanie

    Beautiful exhibition!

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