Your chance to be part of the exhibition

Do you have photographs of your family that were taken in the 1920s? If so and you are willing to share them, we’d love to include them in our exhibition, open 21 January – 11 June 2022 at The National Archives.

‘The 1920s: Beyond the Roar’  is about what life was like 100 years ago for a population dazzled and deafened by the ‘roar’ of a rapidly changing society. People were living through the aftermath of a devastating international conflict, a global pandemic, and entering a significant period of innovation and social and political upheaval.

As the official archive for the UK government, our records represent the state perspective, so we’ve dedicated space in the exhibition for you to share a snapshot of your family history from the 1920s. Do you have any photos of your ancestors at home or out having fun? We are interested in photographs of people who were living anywhere in the world in the 1920s, submitted by people who now call the UK home.

Please note: we do not wish to use living people so please do not include anyone in the photograph who could still be alive.

Seven family members grouped together for a family wedding. The new bride and groom stand at the front.

Example family photograph from staff member at The National Archives

How to submit

What do you do?

  1. Either scan or take a photo of your image to create a .jpeg digital version.
  2. Complete the online form and upload your image.

Submit a photograph

Helpful tips

How do I work out if my old family photo is from the 1920s if I’m not sure?

Accurately dating a family photograph is always a difficult task, whatever the period. Curator Katherine Howells shares some helpful tips and tricks to help you recognise whether your photograph was taken in the 1920s. Read how to recognise a photograph from the 1920s.

How can I create a digital version of a printed photo using my phone camera?

  1. Place your photo on a flat surface, on a plain background like a piece of white paper, in even light with no shadows falling on it. Try not to use a flash as this can create glare on the surface of the photo.
  2. To minimise motion blurring and more easily keep the phone positioned parallel to the photo below, create something flat to lay the phone on, like a stack of books, next to the photo.
  3. With the lens of the camera over the edge of your makeshift stand and directly above the photo below, keep hold of your phone.
  4. Try to get the old  photo to take up as much space in the new photo as possible – and remember to let the image focus first before you take the photo.