How to search

There are many ways to search this archive and it can seem a little daunting at first. Please take time to read this guide - and practice some the methods. You'll be rewarded with more accurate searches and get less of the stuff thst you're not really looking for.






Examples (using box at the very top of the page)


Simple search:

Finds exact matches for your entry.

2015-07 > photos in July 2015

Frank Woolrych > photos of our friend Frank  

Church Street > photos of Church Street (whatever the town!)

hat > photos with a hat in them (but you'll also get photos of thatch and hatchery - so be careful with short words)

Keyword search:

you can change it  to this by clicking the three dots on the right of the box

Church Street > photos of Church Street (but you'll also get photos with a Church and with a Street - you could get a lot)

Boolean search:

you can change it  to this by clicking the three dots on the right of the box

With a boolean search you can add +, - and * to refine things.


banjo male > photos with a banjo in and photos with a male in.

+banjo +male > only photos with both a banjo and a male in them)

+banjo -male > only photos with a banjo in and with no male in them)

uk* > photos with anything starting with uk in them (useful if you can't spell ukulele).

Advanced search

Much more sophisticated - you can still enter keywords, but you can choose to look for those keywords in certain 'fields' (e.g. title, description), only in certain collections (of towns/cities) and you can search by location (street name, town, county). You can also use AND and OR in the field searches

You can access the Advanced search on the menu bar and you'll find a brief guide for each section on the form.