Picture Norfolk

Picture Norfolk has over 25,000 photos of Norfolk life and history, showing Norfolk places, people and events from the past 200 years.

View local photographs, prints and paintings online. You can buy copies of images from Picture Norfolk for personal use or publication contexts but permissions and fees apply.

Picture Norfolk is created and run by Norfolk Library and Information Service. We share images from Local Studies Libraries, Norfolk Museums Service, Norfolk Record Office and many private collections.

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Our images date from the early days of photography during the 1840s through to the present day. They range from amateur and informal family photographs to commercial images (including studio portraits, building surveys, tourism, industrial work, advertising and art photography). We also have prints, ephemera, paintings and drawings of Norfolk subjects from the 18th - 20th centuries.

Find out more about Picture Norfolk with the Norfolk Through a Lens pdf - a guide to photographic collections held by Norfolk Library and Information Service.

Images for private use cost £12.40 each and come in digital format as TIFF files (or as JPEGS on request). They are sent out by web transfer (or as A4 sized glossy prints on request).

Postage and packing costs are:

  • UK - £1.75 per image
  • Europe - £5 per image
  • Rest of World - £10 per image

Images will be dispatched within 14 days. All prices include VAT.

Visit Picture Norfolk to view and order images

If you would like to use any of the images for commercial purposes or for publication in any media please contact picture.norfolk@norfolk.gov.uk for fees and conditions.

Type a keyword or phrase into the search box on the Picture Norfolk homepage, such as the name of a person, place, street, building, event, date or subject. Plurals such as ‘soldiers’ rather than ‘soldier’ will often return more results.

Try some of the search terms in bold below:

  • Harley – 1980s images by Paul Harley of punks, alternative fairs and demonstrations.
  • Swain – George Swain's 20th century images of Norwich life, including the bomb damage to Norwich during World War 2
  • Trett – Percy Trett’s collected images of Great Yarmouth life, including his own images from the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Finch – a remarkable survey of east Norfolk parishes and their people made by Henry Finch (who was raised in the Norwich Yards) and his family. 1860s-1890s
  • Tilbrook – Richard Tilbrook's colour photographs celebrating the beauty of Norfolk and Suffolk churches
  • Boardman  - Edwardian photographs of the privileged family life of Norfolk architect Edward Boardman and his How Hill holiday residence
  • Emerson – internationally important art photography by PH Emerson, many relating to the Norfolk Broads
  • Plunkett – a unique record of the changing face of Norwich and Norfolk in the twentieth century seen through the eyes of local photographer George Plunkett
  • Artists – Norfolk scenes through the eyes of local artists
  • World War 1 – soldier portraits, home front images and war notices and ephemera from the First World War
  • Payne Jennings – portraits of life on the Norfolk Broads from the late nineteenth century
  • Lange – great community photos from the Harleston area 1950s, 1960s and 1970s
  • Flood – images of the great floods around the county in 1912
  • Market – Norfolk marketplaces from the 1840s to the present day
  • Yard – telling stories of crowded home life in the Norwich Yards
  • Museums – explore historic photographs held by local museums
  • Norfolk Record Office – explore photographs from the archives
  • Shops – a record of enterprise both small and large
  • Entertainment – Norfolk cinema, theatre, fairs and much more