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This exhibition drew key images from the Daily Herald archive, a fascinating photographic record of local, national and international events.

Alfred Hitchcock visits the set of Coronation Street, 1964, Daily Herald archive © Science Museum group collection
Alfred Hitchcock visits the set of Coronation Street, 1964, Daily Herald archive © Science Museum group collection

Comprising over 3 million images captured by photographers from the Daily Herald, a major national newspaper between 1911 and 1964, the Daily Herald archive is an incredible photographic record of local, national and international events. This exhibition looked at how photography, film, television, radio and computers are represented within this fascinating archive.

Imagine a world before Big Brother, where television took shape in the workshop of Scottish inventor John Logie Baird, where ventriloquists were the biggest show on the radio, where press photographers refused to photograph the Queen because they were on strike... and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Film is represented through images of screen classics in production such as Cleopatra and A Matter of Life and Death. Visitors could see how Daily Herald photographers captured the development of television and classic programmes such as Doctor Who and Blue Peter, and the role of photography and radio in wartime communications. Early examples of photo manipulation and photographic technology were also on show.

The archive includes work by many famous photographers, who contributed assignments to the newspaper, and the staff photographers who worked for Odhams Press, of which the Herald was a part. The archive offers a fascinating photographic record of local, national and international events spanning 50 years. It is particularly rich in 1920s and 1930s photojournalism and strongly represents the monarchy, politics, sport, the arts and entertainment, science and industry.

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The Daily Herald Archive: A historic photography collection from the world of print journalism