Welcome to the 1960s Photos Project page
In about 2013, a friend of mine was lucky enough to buy two boxes of old photographs from an auction. He recently lent me these, with the wish that I could could put them in the public domain for all to see. The hope was that memories could be sparked by the photos and recorded, before they were lost to time. The photos were from the 1960s, with the bulk of them assumed to have been taken in 1967 & 1969. They showed a comprehensive snapshot of Basingstoke town centre, at the time it was being demolished to make way for a new shopping centre. Some of these photos are taken inside buildings, so it is unclear if these photos were taken by an official body or by a keen photographer who wanted to cover all angles. There are 813 photographs, so whoever undertook this must have spent a considerable amount of time and money on it.
The goal of this site is to reconstruct Basingstoke how it was in the 1960s, by way of an interactive map. This would contain points to view each photo with annotations showing people's memories and any other information this project uncovers. To get to this stage, firstly each of the photographs needs to have their location verified. The only way to do this is by asking the general public. I really want to do these photos justice, so the process of scanning, editing, logging and putting them online is quite intensive. I will have to do this in various stages, but hopefully they will all be uploaded by Christmas 2023. Please continue to visit the site over the next few months to check for more uploads. The table below shows all the photos, that have been uploaded so far. These are divided by the date on the back of the photo, then by rough subject categories.
If you recognise a picture, then please email me at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the picture number, which will be on the photo in the P10nnn format. Also include the location and orientation, based on the map further down this page. Finally, please include any memories, dates or further information you may have, so this can all be compiled at the end of the project. Please note that information added on social media is not being tracked, so please use email for correspondences. Many thanks for your support.
Photo Usage & Social Media
The owner of these photos was very keen to share them with the public and I am trying to facilitate these wishes. However, there are some general conditions of use. If posting on social media then please add a comment to the post, as per the bold text below. This comment will link people back to the website, so they can contribute to it:
Thanks to Andrew Watten.
These pictures are presented here to enrich the history of Basingstoke and are not to be used for commercial purposes without prior consent. Also note that the map images must not be used on social media, as it is not fully clear about the licensing. If you wish to use these photos, for anything other than personal use, then please email: email@example.com
|Aug 61||7 of 7|
|Aug 63||6 of 6|
|May 67||94 of 404|
|Blank||82 of 185|
|Dec 69||125 of 210|
|Jul 72||1 of 1|
|TOTAL:||414 of 813||As of 2023-12-02|
Sorting & Dating Photos
Initially I was presented with two boxes of photographs. It transpired that the original boxes were of poor quality, so the photos had been put in two new boxes. The backs of the photos had dates on them and from this it was obvious that all the photos we mixed up. There may have been an initial logical order to them, but they had been in and out of the boxes and this order was now lost. Some photos seemed to follow others, and could be ordered correctly. However, I may just have assumed they followed from the previous photo, so could have introduced a bias. For these reasons, there is no weight put on the order of the photos or the box they were in. Note that when building the galleries for this site, I added the pictures in what I considered to be an aesthetic order. However, each gallery was created in two parts, one for each box, so the order may seem mixed.
The dates on the back of the photos were not very varied, with only 5 different dates shown and the rest that were blank. It is unclear if the dates represent when the photo was taken, when it was processed, or the batch date of the photo paper. If anyone could shed any light on this it would be appreciated. The photos with nothing on the back, are referred to as Blank on this website. It is not known if these should have dates on, but they were missing on the odd sheet and thus belong to one of the other dates. It could also be that these were processed by a shop or person that didn't have dated paper or couldn't add a date. I have placed the blank-backed photos between May 67 and Dec 69, as they seem to fit in this rough time period.
I first sorted all the photos into their relevant date. I then divided them into rough groups based on the most prominent subject in the photo. Some photos contain multiple subjects, but this is not too important as this was only really done to break down the photos in to smaller sections. It would then be easier work on a smaller section at a time.
Map of Basingstoke
Below is the 25 inch Ordnance Survey map, from 1932. This was taken in several sections, from the NLS website, then stitched together. I have overlaid it with a toner of the modern road system, taken from the stamen website. I have also split it into 6 sections, as some web browsers may not be able to view the full map. Note that the full map is about 30MB and each section is about 5MB, so this may take a some time to download and display, especially if you have an older device or a slow connection. The full map is about A0 in size, so it should contain more than enough detail to identify a photo's location. The map area covers the rough area of the modern ring road. The long-term plan is to have a map based on the 1960s layout, with interactive spots where you can view the various photos from. However this can only be achieved when the locations of all the photographs have been identified.
Using the Map
To use the map, either click on this full map link, or click a section of the picture below. It will then display the map, after it has downloaded it, which may take some time. It has enough detail that you can zoom in if needed. If you recognise a photo, please describe where it is on the map using either the old or new road names. Any further information, like where it is on the road and its orientation to map north would be appreciated. Please email this information, along with the the picture number and any other memories to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Historic maps from 25 inch Ordnance Survey 1932:
Due to having a young family, I have only been able to dedicate small portions of sporadic time to this project. This has meant that it is not as accurate as I would like it to be. For example at every stage, I seem to have had a different grand total for the number of photos. Until every photo is uploaded, I expect more errors will be found. If you find an error with the photos, numbering, links or any other website issues, then please email: email@example.com