South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway's historic images go online

John Drife, Butcher, Kirkconnel with his staff, 1920 Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption Photographs like this one of Kirkconnel butcher John Drife with his staff in 1920 are part of the online collection

Thousands of historic images of south west Scotland have been made available online through a new website.

Dumfries and Galloway's Library and Archive Service has officially launched the service this week.

It contains images from amateur enthusiasts, local newspapers, aerial photographers, glass negatives and historical collections.

The site also contains video and audio clips and will be expanded in the weeks and months to come.

The View Dumfries and Galloway website hosts images of school classes, local farming life, street scenes and landscapes of the region.

Collection highlights include a postcard of the German air ship the Hindenberg over Drummore, the Lusitania off the coast of Galloway, the Queen Mother at Park Farm in Dumfries, JM Barrie with the cast of the Duke of Christmas Daisies and the Burns Statue inauguration in Dumfries in 1882.

The collection currently includes more than 3,500 images with photographs regularly added.

The library service hopes to encourage users to contact them via the website, with additional details on any of the images.

It said it would also welcome "any donations of photographs, cine or video with local content".

Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption The Whitesands in Dumfries as it looked in years gone by
Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption The landmark towers of Chapelcross, now demolished, are part of the Ernie Smith collection in the online archive
Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption The Stranraer to Larne ferry sets off across the Irish Sea
Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption Dundrennan Abbey from around 1960
Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway
Image caption The Drummore-Stranraer "motorcoach" sets off with plenty of historic moustaches on display
Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption The ceremony of Annan Riding of the Marches has remained largely unchanged over the years
Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption From the Galloway News collection comes this image of Civic Day/Douglas Day in the 1950s on King Street in Castle Douglas
Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption Aerial images include this stunning view of Clatteringshaws Loch from about 20 years ago

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