The Photographers’ Gallery Archive overview

The Photographers' Gallery Archive


The Photographers' Gallery Archive is an independent, public resource to find out more about the Gallery.

Contents of The Photographers' Gallery Archive

Even though The Photographers' Gallery Archive does not have a photographic collection our Archive holds material from our rich and varied past. The Archive is both a record of the Gallery as an institution and of our programmes since our founding in 1971.

The Institutional History collection is made up of (but not limited to):

  • Founding documents, mission statements and strategic documents
  • Documentation related to The Photographers' Gallery’s audiences, staff and trustees
  • Director/Trustee/Annual reports and minutes from 1971 to present day
  • Architectural plans and documentation (past and present locations of The Photographers' Gallery)
  • Director’s correspondences, talks, images, etc.
  • Sue Davies’ (founder of The Photographers' Gallery) Collection which contains diaries (1970-1999), correspondence, imagery, etc.

The Programme History collection is made up of (but not limited to):

  • Original proposals submitted by photographers/artists and curators.
  • Correspondence and contract agreements with artists, galleries and lenders
  • Promotional materials such as press releases, images and press cuttings
  • Communication material such as wall texts, video interviews, audience responses, etc.
  • Photographs of openings, events, exhibition installations, etc.
  • Private view invitations, exhibition posters, publications and leaflets, and other ephemera
  • Audio recordings of talks by a range of photographers and historians taking place at the gallery from the 1970s onward


Download a complete list of our programming history from 1971 - present.


Adding to The Photographers' Gallery Archive

We are currently in the process of digitising our institutional archive and will be continuously adding new information, imagery and material to the collection.

We are always looking to add to our collection and welcome submissions of any material (e.g. invitations, programmes, letters, leaflets or other ephemera) linked to previous exhibitions and events.

Please contact with a brief description of the material and we will be back in touch.


Using The Photographers' Gallery Archive

You do not need to register to access the public resources within The Photographers’ Gallery Archive.

For more information on how to use the Archive select Help from the main dropdown or click on the links below:

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Visiting The Photographers' Gallery Archive

If you would like to see any material that is not yet available online you can make a visit to the Archive. Access to the Archive is free and by appointment only. Please contact the Archive to arrange a time to visit or if you have any Archive enquiries please email and we will respond as soon as possible.