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South West Image Bank Archive & Gallery

Address: 25 The Parade | Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2JN, England
Phone Number: 01752 665445
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Ranked #31 of 93 Attractions in Plymouth
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Tucked away in a corner of the Barbican this is a real treasure trove of South West history. I bought an aerial shot of my house. Great service, helpful and friendly. An ideal place to retrace history and purchase a very different Christmas present. Worth a visit.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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250 reviews 250 reviews
101 attraction reviews
1,427 helpful votes 1,427 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I have spend three long afternoons looking at parts of this significant collection, only a smattering of which can so far be accessed on its growing website. Some fortunate salvage, rescuing and funding have come together to save so much of what might easily have been and was so nearly destroyed. Take a look. I recommend it.

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Cornwall
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349 reviews 349 reviews
118 attraction reviews
2,348 helpful votes 2,348 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Despite the huge period image of the old fish quay blown up to cover the whole of the frontage of the building it seems that few people actually know what goes on here. It is an amazing and accessible collection of local photographs and well worth at least an hour or so looking around. The staff are very helpful and... More 

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Devon
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118 attraction reviews
2,254 helpful votes 2,254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Thanks Tripadvisor for the increasing content for attractions in the Plymouth area. Even as a West Country woman I did not though the Merchant's House existed. Not surprised because I now learn how hidden away it is. I will look in when it is open in the summer. But then I found the listing relating to the Image Bank. I... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

The Image Bank is a jewel in Plymouth's crown. I found the manager/archivist to be extremely helpful and polite. She had vast knowledge about all of the photos in the collections and this bought the pictures to life in the minds of the visitors. I would recommend a visit to the archive and also to the shop as they offer... More 

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Liskeard, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

A true jewel of Plymouth. Fantastic Manager. Totally love it! Interested in South West of yester year get yourself down there, you will not be dissapointed!

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United kingdom
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287 reviews 287 reviews
113 attraction reviews
2,163 helpful votes 2,163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Always interested in local history I was delighted by the enlargement and desiring of this comparatively recent institution. They are very helpful and have a lot of stuff. I too like the huge enlarged photo on the outside wall. Nor are they jealous of their own materials. When I last went in one of the very helpful staff told me... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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357 reviews 357 reviews
136 attraction reviews
2,408 helpful votes 2,408 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Living close by I have been intrigued by the sign and the splendid photo covered shop front. Eventually took a look. A small but interesting front room but the real delights are in behind and above and the staff are so helpful. They know what they have in the mammoth collection of old photos. They also helped us to watch... More 

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United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
656 helpful votes 656 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

When I decided to review the SWIB I thought I would just recommend people to look only at photos available online but having gone down not long before Christmas in search of some photos for my elderly parents I cannot hold that view. The website is well worth a look but you need to go and look at the shop... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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107 attraction reviews
2,365 helpful votes 2,365 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

We have family connections with Plymouth and keep our boat here for part of each year. I remember the old fish market, parts of the Barbican before rebuilding and Sutton Pool when it was tidal before the lock. The image bank is a fantastic resource which we have only just begun to tap. Wouldn't have known of it but for... More 

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