Photographic Archive

The Corps archives contain a wealth of photographic and written records covering all aspects of Corps history from its founding in 1907 to the present day. Whilst the archives are not open to the public, a generous grant from The Drapers’ Company has made it possible for the Corps to set up an online photographic archive open to all.

The first collection of images available online represents the activities of the Corps during the First World War. Many of these photographs were taken by Corps members on active service in France and Belgium and were collected in personal albums and scrapbooks after the war. The collection also includes studio portraits of some Corps members, passport photographs taken from military and Red Cross identity documents and even some pictures that appeared in contemporary press articles. Other subjects range from the desolate battlefields of southern Belgium to the fancy dress parties and bathing expeditions organised by the FANYs to provide a brief respite from their daily duties. Viewed as a whole, it is a fascinating collection of material that vividly brings the early history of the Corps to life.

Future phases of the online photographic archive project will see material from the inter-war period and the Second World War being made available online. At present there are no plans to make post-war material or any written material available online.

This project would have been impossible without the financial support of The Drapers Company. We are extremely grateful for both their financial generosity and their ongoing interest in making a unique archive available to the general public.