Our Photo of the Month (above) comes from a selection of new images by our long-term contributor, Jim Greenfield. It shows a Veined Octopus using two shells to create a protective shelter. It is one of many fascinating behavioural shots captured by Jim. You can see more highlights from his latest work in this special edited…

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For forty years, Rod Shone worked as a photographer for advertising and corporate clients as well as for newspaper colour supplements. But in between professional obligations, he spent time working on a personal portfolio of street photographs, taken in Britain, France, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Cuba and the Soviet Union, mainly during the 1980s. Rod’s collection…

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On this day: 22 January 1901  Queen Victoria died 120 years ago today, and we are taking the opportunity to mark the day by showcasing some interesting images from our image library with particular links to this long-serving British monarch. Victoria came to the throne in 1837 and reigned for over 63 years, a period spanning Britain’s great age of industrial advancement, economic progress,…

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Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female territorial marking by rubbing cheek against ancient Manchurian fir tree, Land of the Leopard National Park, Far East Russia, November. Taken with remote camera. Endangered species. Overall winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards (WPOY) 2020.

As we embark on a challenging New Year in 2021, we start on a positive note by celebrating our photographers’ successes in the 2020 photo competitions. 2020 was certainly a strange year, but against the odds, most of the major international photo competitions went ahead, and our photographers were successful in gaining a number of…

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The gathering of 15 men and women from Nottingham's diverse communities at the British Consulate in Nottingham. Table left of picture with glasses and drinks. Date: 1960s

The centrepiece of the British Caribbean History Collection is a wonderful set of photographs by Esmel May Woma. Taken in the 1960s, when Esmel arrived in Nottingham from the Caribbean to study to be a nurse, the images show her friends and colleagues enjoying their free time: dancing, dining and sightseeing. Taken with a small…

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Group portrait of Alfred Rooke and his family at their home in Mount Park, Ealing, watercolour on paper, by Thomas Matthews Rooke (1842-1942), c.1891-2. Date: 1891-1892

We’ve been doing a lot of stuff at home this year. Just about everything in fact. And Christmas will be no different, so we thought we’d revisit a collection this week that specialises in the subject. The Museum of the Home, formerly known as the Geffrye Museum, explores the home and the way people have…

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Founded in Birmingham in 1847, the original statement of purpose of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers was, ‘To give an impulse to invention likely to be useful to the world’ – not so different from their present statement which is, ‘improving the world through engineering.’ The Institute’s archive traces the development of mechanical engineering from…

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4Corners contributor Paolo Evangelista transported himself out of 2020 by discovering new viewpoints of the charming medieval cities and timeless landscapes of Umbria and Tuscany. He tells us more here. See all 4Corners images by Paolo Evangelista and our Gallery of his latest Tuscany and Umbria images. 4Corners Images newsletter – 26 November, 2020. Picture…

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Collage of old postcards from Russia

John Massey Stewart is an authority on Russia and the former Soviet Union. As a writer, lecturer, photographer and environmental activist, he has visited the USSR/Russia thirty times since 1960 and has crossed the country twice. In 1961 John made what was an exceptional, and possibly unique trip with David Ashwanden, in a Mini Minor…

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Historic England is the public body that champions and protects England’s historic places. The archive comprises images of the historic environment spanning archaeology, historic buildings and social history, but we wanted to focus here on just one aspect of their collection: reconstruction drawings. These impressive artworks are thoroughly researched to provide not only accurate architectural…

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