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“Not just for locals.”

South West Image Bank Archive & Gallery
Ranked #70 of 171 things to do in Plymouth
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
367 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,259 helpful votes
“Not just for locals.”
Reviewed April 16, 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 and go through the large online database. Well worth a look.

Visited April 2012
17 Thank ChasC_12
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English first
United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 639 helpful votes
“Really good place to explore online or in person.”
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 front - an excellent old Barbican fishermen photo blown up over the front wall, also the little but lovely shop at street level where they have really helpful staff and then the huge repository and gallery behind the scenes. This is a fantastic preservation and salvage job for local images so nearly lost or destroyed. Again ask in the shopor checkout the website to see the extent of it all and how you can search and what you can copy or buy.

Visited December 2011
14 Thank Boadscreed
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
365 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,370 helpful votes
“Alladin's cave of memories behind huge photograph covering whole front of building.”
Reviewed January 19, 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 the huge photograph blown up and decorating the front wall. Well thought through and put in place. An interesting presumably Victorian quay scene from close by. We looked through the small selection of mounted photos for sale in the office/shop front but the huge importance of this place is the vast accessible archive in the large spaces inside the building all being catalogued and preserved for posterity. Some already available to purchase on site or online. We will be back here on our next visit and hope to find images of places and buildings which relate to our own childhoods or connections with grandparents. A truly fascinating and worthwhile place. Plymouth is very fortunate to have this.

Visited January 2012
14 Thank JoeS424
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Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 877 helpful votes
“Amazing collection.”
Reviewed June 28, 2011

Very pleased that the image bank is finally getting recognition and publicity both well deserved. Go look. You will not be disappointed. Try as a master the website link above. Unfortunately, despite the huge amount of materiel already online, the site is cumbersome and old fashioned. The image bank itself, and the very new address on the parade is accessible friendly and first class.

19 Thank creasedup
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Truro, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fantastic little jem - a must-see for locals and tourists!!”
Reviewed June 28, 2011

I visited the new SWiB gallery and archive in their new premises, 25 The Parade, Plymouth. Situated right next to the Lenkiewicz Mural and The House That Jack Built... I cannot say enough about how enjoyable I found the experience. From the very friendly and helpful front of house staff to the wonderful displays which have been set up in such a lovely way not to be intimidating. They are doing a superb job caring for and preserving our visual heritage... pop along to give this unique little jem your support !!

Visited June 2011
35 Thank maggimoo_11
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