Images for All documented and undertook essential conservation work on items in our unique collection. The project ran from September 2005 to August 2007, and was grant-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project’s goals were:
- to implement an ongoing repair and conservation programme;
- to list all items in the collections;
- to provide online access to these listings;
- to digitise a representative sample of images from the collections and make these available online;
- to promote the collections to a diverse public.
The project team, overseen by a project management group, comprised two full-time staff based at the RSGS HQ, and one part-time consultant providing database and web design expertise.
During the project, tens of thousands of individual items were listed, including slides and photographic images, maps, atlases, and papers from the Society’s archive. Several hundred items were professionally conserved, preserving them for future generations. These listings and thousands of scanned images are now accessible through our Maps and Images Database.
The project received significant press attention and this, together with several articles and talks given to diverse audiences around the country, helped to generate much interest in the Society’s collections amongst the general public, historians, the heritage and museum communities, academic geographers and other specialists, as well as the Society’s own membership.