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Black and white image showing people on a 1950s fairground ride

Barbican Archive

Barbican voices

You can now listen to extracts from the Barbican Archive CD online. Visit Barbican Voices to hear local residents talking about the area.

New images online

We've added hundreds of new images to the photosharing site Flickr.

Please feel free to comment and add tags to these images. We would also welcome any identifying information you may have.

View the Barbican Archive images on Flickr. You do not need an account to view the images, but if you would like to add tags or comments you can sign up for free.

Barbican Archive CD now available

Voices of local residents bring to life Plymouth's Barbican between 1920 and 1950. A boxed set of three CDs with illustrated booklet.

Find out more and where to buy on our CDs for sale page.

The Barbican Archive is a collection of historic photographs and oral reminiscences recording life in the area over the past century.

Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund we have been able to restore the photographs and create CDs of the recordings.

Find out more about the Barbican Archive project.

On these pages you'll see just some of the images we have . The full collection is available to view in the Central Library.

Choose a gallery to view:

Fishing photo gallery - The working lives of fishermen in the area

Leisure photo gallery - Enjoying leisure time

People photo gallery - Everyday life

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