Birmingham City Council

Access Arrangements to the Dyche Collection

 Asian man seated posing for photo in Dyche studio

We are improving access to the famous 'Dyche' Collection and acting to safeguard the future of these unique portraits of city residents from the 1920s to the 1970s.

From 2 September 2008, researchers will be able to view a wide range of these images in Birmingham Archives and Heritage Service in the Central Library. Most will be on the search room computers, but sample prints will also be available for consultation. In addition, a selection of images will appear on this website.

Access to the original prints will not normally be provided from this date, as they will be sorted and preserved in advance of more detailed work. A campaign to clean and re-package the prints and negatives will commence in the autumn of 2008 and options for cataloguing and re-ordering the collection are currently being evaluated. Updates on progress will appear on this website.

Please contact archives.heritage@birmingham.gov.uk if you have any questions.

The Ernest Dyche Collection can be seen in the Archives and Heritage Service on Floor 6 of Birmingham Central Library.


The Big Day - A Selection of Photographs from the Dyche Collection
Photographs from the Dyche Collection - Caribbean Immigrants

Photographs from the Dyche Collection - Asian Immigrants