Craven Herald &
Pioneer - 23 July 2004
Historic Collection Goes Online
Hundreds of historic photographs of Skipton are now
available online. The photographs were collected by
the late Dr Geoffrey Rowley, well known Skipton solicitor
and local historian. They include images as diverse
as Edwardian Skipton and local football and cricket
teams of the 1920s and 30s.
Dr Rowley’s widow, Valentine, had placed all
his research material in the care of Skipton Library,
where the photographs were seen by Steve Smith, Wayne
Deveney and David Alcock, of local website SkiptonWeb.
Mr Smith said: "We saw these photographs as a
unique record of Skipton’s past and we were delighted
to create a website which enables them to be seen by
as wide an audience as possible. There are some wonderful
images, and the site is fun and easy to use. You can
zoom in on the photographs and even send e-postcards
of your favourite picture. We also hope that people
will contact us, or Skipton Library, if they have information
about any of the photographs."
Mrs Rowley said: "It's fascinating that technology
has been used in this way, to allow my husband’s
collection to be seen by people around the world as
well as locally."
The photographs can be seen online at www.rowleycollection.co.uk
and on CD or DVD at Skipton
Library and Information Centre