An Archive for China
- Project status
- Academy Research Projects
Project Director: Professor Robert Bickers
This project aims to locate, digitise and disseminate photographs of pre-1950s China through a website. Many of these photographs are held in private hands in the United Kingdom. These are often of great historic interest, because of the lack of accesibility. A number of foreign nationals lived and worked in China between the 1840s and the 1950s, and many more visited for longer or shorter periods. Chinese emigrants, foreign residents and visitors alike took, bought or otherwise acquired photographs. These images from both private and public collections are available on Historical Photographs of China, which mostly holds photographs of China taken by private individuals.