MBR Photographic Collections

The photographic collection of the Monuments and Buildings Record (MBR) is maintained and administered by the Built Heritage branch of the department of the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland. An extensive series of slides, negatives and prints, it contains a vast array of images depicting and relating to the archaeological, architectural and industrial heritage of Northern Ireland reflecting the collecting concerns of the MBR. <br><br>Included can be found photographs that have naturally accumulated as a result of the work of Built Heritage in addition to a number of named collections that have been acquired (by loan) to assist in that work. These include Professor James Curl’s Northern Ireland photographs, material deposited by the architectural historian, Sir Charles Brett and the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) and selected items from the Welch, Hogg, Greene and Lawrence collections copied from the holdings of the Ulster Museum. <br><br>Items are filed alphabetically by county.


This collection is valuable for providing an important and unique visual insight into the evolution and development of Northern Ireland’s built heritage. It would be of interest to researchers in archaeology, architecture, gardens and industrial history.

Physical characteristics

Approx. 200,000 items comprising in excess of 150,000 colour slides and 50,000 colour and black and white photographs.

Description or Catalogue

An automated catalogue is available for consultation at the MBR offices.

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An evolving resource developing through a combination of loans, purchase and on-going work of the department.

Added by Environment and Heritage Service | Last updated on: 08 February 2018