Here in the photography department at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales we look after images for all of the seven museum sites including the Archaeology department. That means taking new photographs of archaeological objects, and scanning historical photographs (e.g. prints and slides).
Here’s an example of how both are used.
Segontium Roman Fort, Caernarfon
These photos from the 1920s show the excavations at Segontium led by Sir Mortimer Wheeler, the then Keeper of Archaeology and later Director of National Museum Wales. They were scanned from glass plates. Here’s a few of the 102 images from this collection:
The photographs may be of use to modern archaeologists interpreting the site, but personally I like spotting the shadow of the photographer and his tripod (we’ve all managed to do that haven’t we!) and checking out those fabulous 1920s hats!
Here’s where modern photography comes in. The following images were taken recently of objects from the 1920s excavations.
The images are digitally archived so that they’re accessible for use in exhibitions, publications, presentations and online.
Some of the finds from Segontium will be on display in the new galleries at St Fagans National Museum of History opening in 2018.
You can see more historic photographs here.
We’re working hard getting our collections online so you can search our object database and see information and images of our collections for yourself.