Based on the west coast of Scotland, Imperial Images has now made its unique historical picture library available under licence to Universities, Colleges and Schools. Access to the library is free of charge to students and staff members of faculties.
Remember the old saying: ‘One good picture is worth a thousand words’.
With up to 30 per cent of marks for a degree being given to a dissertation,
presentation is now an important issue at every level in education. By
drawing on this remarkable collection of high quality illustrations, all
students can greatly enhance and enliven their written work. The picture
archive, built up by a well-known television company over many years,
covers almost every subject in the school and college curriculum.
“The present library is a marvellous pictorial record of the world. One of the earliest documents is a handwritten and signed letter by George II’s wife, Queen Caroline, and a copy of a share certification bearing her signature. Queen Caroline, like many others, lost a fortune around the 1720’s when what was known as the South Sea Bubble,’ burst. The equivalent to-day would be the Stock Exchange collapse on Black Wednesday,” said Graham Guest, Director of Imperial Images.
The library of prints, illustrations, drawings and photographs is in the process of being catalogued and digitised with the website being updated each week making the library an ever-changing and contemporary environment. It covers transport, commerce, industry, historic buildings, conflicts, and depicts social and economic changes over the centuries.
“There are files on each continent and country of the world, and for the United Kingdom, one on each county, with sub-files on all the major towns and cities” said Graham.
One of the most important categories is Biography where images of over 10,000 people will be found, together with a short profile. This category includes such names as Florence Nightingale, Napoleon, Robert Burns, the Duke of Wellington, George Washington, Charles Dickens, John Adams, and Abraham Lincoln, to name a few.
“It is going to take time to catalogue, digitise and update the website. There is so much material to go through” added Graham.