The East Riding Archives Service has a new website, called the 'East Riding Photos Picture Archive' (www.picturearchives.org/eastridingphotos) which allows users to browse historic photographs of towns and villages across East Yorkshire and order high quality prints that they can frame and put up in the home.
In partnership with Max Communications Limited, the website showcases a sample of photographs from the vast collections at East Riding Archives, available in a range of size options, with the largest being 20" x 16".
The website's launch comes as part of an ongoing initiative by East Riding Archives to provide more services online for its customers.
Archivist Sam Bartle said: "The online vintage prints service really helps bring history into the home for our customers. Many people feel a strong connection to their local area and its heritage, and this website allows them to celebrate that connection by decorating their homes with fascinating images from the region's past."
Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, added: "We tend to think of archives as being something locked away in a vault that we need special permission to see, and museum exhibits as closely guarded treasures,
kept at arm's length by glass screens and cases. So the notion of having a piece of history in our own homes has tended to be quite unconventional, until now. This new website is an excellent new initiative."
But East Riding Photos Picture Archive is not just for people looking to add some vintage class to their home; these historic images are also perfect for adorning the walls of any local business premises:"The variety of size options, and the range of local places covered on the website means that cafes, pubs, restaurants and other businesses can also make use of the online prints service to lend a vintage look and feel to their rooms, giving customers and staff a real sense of place," explained Sam Bartle.
People can browse by place, dates, theme, or even use a map which has the location of each image pinpointed onto it.
The website also features historic images of Scarborough and Hull, making great souvenirs for coastal tourists and visitors to historic Hull in its year as UK City of Culture.
The website can be found at www.picturearchives.org/eastridingphotos