Bedford Lemere Online

The Bedford Lemere & Co. Collection at English Heritage

Photographer Paul Marks scanning a Bedford Lemere glass negative

Photographer Paul Marks scanning a Bedford Lemere glass negative as part of English Heritage's digitisation programme.
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The majority of Bedford Lemere & Co.'s surviving photographs are cared for by English Heritage in its public archive. The collection includes over 21,800 glass negatives and around 3,000 unique prints, mainly dating from the 1880s to the 1930s. The photographs held by English Heritage represent one quarter of the firm's total output (estimated at 100,000 images). They are by far the most important surviving collection of its work. Small caches of Bedford Lemere & Co.'s photographs are held elsewhere including at the RIBA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

English Heritage is undertaking a major project to conserve, catalogue and scan the Bedford Lemere & Co. Collection of negatives, with the aim of making the images accessible on the internet. Over 8,000 can already be seen, free of charge, at the English Heritage Archive.

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