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South West Image Bank Archive & Gallery

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Address: 25 The Parade | Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2JN, England
Phone Number: 01752 665445
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Great place for nostalgia

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 13, 2014
Nick K
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English first
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66 reviews
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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.

1 Thank Nick K
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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319 reviews
120 attraction reviews
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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.

2 Thank Terry C
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386 reviews
130 attraction reviews
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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 

4 Thank DougalM_12
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383 reviews
139 attraction reviews
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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 

4 Thank Cr0wM
Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 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 

14 Thank Kerri1981
Liskeard, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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!

23 Thank Jackie B
United kingdom
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328 reviews
131 attraction reviews
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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 

11 Thank PlongeurV
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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369 reviews
140 attraction reviews
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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 

17 Thank ChasC_12
United Kingdom
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53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 638 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 

14 Thank Boadscreed
London, United Kingdom
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368 reviews
119 attraction reviews
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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 

14 Thank JoeS424

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