About us

The Image Bank

The Cheshire Image Bank is a collection of digital images created from original material: photographs, postcards, prints slides and negatives. These are held at the Cheshire Archives & Local Studies, the Chester History & Heritage and in Cheshire Libraries.  Some of the images have been kindly loaned to us by our users. Our coverage is not confined to the current administrative county but includes anywhere that lies (or once lay) within the county boundary.

Our Collections

Over 21,000 images can be viewed online and we will be adding new material regularly to the database.  It is easy to search the site and you can also browse our “Popular Collections” sets. If you have any information about any of the images that you would like to share and make available on the site or spot any errors, then please use the “Add” button adjacent to the zoomed image.
We hope that you enjoy using the Cheshire Image Bank and discovering more about the historic county of Cheshire.

Latest News

We have added a new set of images from the Cheshire County Council collection at Cheshire Archives & Local Studies. There are over 160 new pictures from across Cheshire taken from the Cheshire County Architects Department, 1940 – 1994. These great images showcase the buildings designed and built by the council at that time, which are full of the design features of the day.

We have been able to add these images and make them available online thanks to voluntary donations given by visitors to the archives in recent months. Many thanks to these generous folk! You can view more of these photographs by typing the words “County Architects” into the search box. We hope that you enjoy browsing them!