The backbone of the photo archives is the Dick Morris Collection. Dick Morris was resident photographer from 1931, producing a unique record of island events – weddings, boat building, school events etc. The first Museum Curator Jim Dorman secured the collection of Dick’s negatives and these are stored at the museum.

Many residents and visitors have also donated photos and albums to the Museum collection.

In 2003 the Museum began a project to digitise the photo collection, and purchased a high quality scanner to scan the photos to archival quality. To date 5,324 have been scanned and digitised. The majority of these are on a photo catalogue system at the museum, which can be searched for places, people, buildings, boats, events, tourism and more. This is an ongoing project and residents can contribute to information about the photographs to add to the catalogue.

Some of the collection is available for public viewing on iPads at the museum.

John Borthwick


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