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Black and white photo of Greek locals dancing outside in traditional dress circa 1900.

Woodhouse Archive Flickr Project

Help us catalogue an inspiring photographic collection
A community project to document more than 1800 glass-plate negatives taken in Greece during the 1890s and early 1900s.

To help us catalogue the Woodhouse photographic collection, we are launching a community project via Flickr, seeking your help to contribute descriptions and identifications of each image in the archive held in the Nicholson Collection.

The complete collection of the sites, monuments and landscapes of Greece photographed by William J Woodhouse at the turn of the 20th century is available on our Flickr page.

Become a contributor to describe, identify, locate and tag each photograph in this historic collection.

About the archive

The Nicholson Collection holds more than 1800 glass-plate negatives taken by former curator William J Woodhouse while in Greece in the 1890s and early 1900s. A small portion of the archive also includes photographs of his family in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

The collection documents important archaeological sites, significant landscapes of the Greek mainland, contemporary buildings and the people he met along the way. His archive is a rich resource capturing many sites pre-archaeological excavation and before modern industrial development.

Some of the photographs were published by Woodhouse in his book Aetolia: its geography, topography, and antiquities, published in 1897. His desire to capture Greece on 'film', was simply put in his introduction: "History only attains its full value by borrowing actuality from geography and topography".

The archive shows his love not only for the sites but also for the people and spirit of Greece.

About the project

We are asking you to contribute to our documentation of this collection and assist us with the identification of the hundreds of different monuments and places in Greece. The title of each photograph will include the museum registration number (NM2007.##.##) and may already include a place name where museum staff or Woodhouse himself have titled the image.

To become a contributor is simple: go to our Flickr page. From there you can browse the entire archive, create a Flickr user ID and begin adding tags and comments.

We are asking contributors to address the following questions:

  • What do you see? Write a brief description of this image.
  • Where was this photograph taken?
  • Can you find the geocoordinates (latitude and longitude) of this exact place? Let us know by linking to Google Maps or add the coordinates in your comment.
  • Do you know what year this photograph was taken?

All of our Flickr contributors will be acknowledged when the collection is published through our online collections at the completion of the project.

Featured image (top of the page): [dancing on the pnyx], Athens, Greece 1890–1935, photograph: WJ Woodhouse