Humphrey Spender's "Worktown" photographs offer a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary people living and working in a British pre-War industrial town.
This site allows you to browse images that Spender took for the Mass Observation Worktown project and a look at some of the Mass Observation archive material connected to it.
The Bowyer Bible
Consisting of 45 volumes the Bible is filled with illustrations by some of the greatest artists of all time.
It contains over 6000 engravings painstakingly compiled over a period of 30 years by Robert Bowyer, Royal portrait painter and publisher.
This site tells history of the Bowyer Bible and the conservation project and shows images of many of the lithographs from the book.
The Thomas Shires Collection
The Thomas Shires Collection is a website dedicated to the photographs of Thomas Atherton Shires who lived and worked in Bolton at the end of the 19th century and the very beginning of the 20th century.
Photography for Thomas Shires was a hobby, and the collection makes a remarkable archive of the equivalent of today's snapshots; photographs of places and scenes which took the photographers eye as he enjoyed his Sunday days off work.
The collection is an online gallery of 187 historic photographs taken by Thomas in Bolton and on various leisure trips to the popular ‘day trip’ destinations of the day.