National Photography Collection
The National Photography Collection is best regarded as a collection of collections, which comprises the Daily Herald Archive, the Royal Photographic Society Collection, and the Kodak Museum Collection, among other world-class objects and images.
It incorporates both aesthetic and technical developments, from the earliest experiments to contemporary digital imaging, including the world's first negative, an extensive collection of photographic technology, and key images by the most influential photographers of our time. All major genres, applications and photographic movements are represented.
We're only able to display a small portion of our Collections on this website – if you'd like to see more, book one of our Collection Tours, find out how you can Visit the Collections, or explore photography in the Science Museum Group Collection Online.
Please note: A portion of the National Photography Collection, including the RPS archive, will be moving to the V&A Museum in 2016. Find out more.
A selection of photographic images incorporated in the National Photography Collection. Images from the Daily Herald Archive and the RPS Collection form their own distinct sets.
Daily Herald Archive
The photographic archive of the Daily Herald newspaper comprises over 3 million photographs from 1911 to the mid-1960s, and offers a fascinating record of local, national and international events during this period.
The Royal Photographic Society
In 2003 we acquired the world-famous RPS Collection which consists of over 250,000 images and artefacts from the last 150 years of photography.
Photographic Advertising Limited was founded in 1926. The company specialised in creating multi-purpose stock advertising photographs which could be used to sell a wide range of products and services.
The Photographic Technology Collection comprises thousands of objects that chart the history of photographic technology from its pre-invention to the present day.
Articles and Fact Sheets
These downloadable resources are a useful source of information for anybody interested in extending their knowledge of subjects pertaining to the National Photography Collection.