The George Ellis Archive, Uncovered

We’ve created this online exhibition to give you a feel of the sheer quality, depth and historical significance of one of our most outstanding photographic collections.

George Ellis was born in London in 1900. In the 1920s he became a freelance photographer in the London are and also undertook photography expeditions overseas.

He sold the part of his collection covering Cornwall between 1939 and 1982 to Cornwall Library Service in the 1980s. It consists of approximately 95,000 images, the majority of which are black and white glass plate negatives. The collection is looked after at Kresen Kernow and we are exploring opportunities to get it properly catalogued and digitised.

Two films made mostly from images from this collection and produced for reminiscence sessions and mindful looking may also be of interest. They can be found on our YouTube channel.