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Mystery items

We would like to improve the description of some items. Can you help us? Please tell us by quoting the item unique identifier or the page address. 


Can you help us put a name to a face? Quite a few photos in the archive have generic descriptions such as ‘woman in uniform’ or ‘two navigators’. Will you stumble upon a relative?

Places, buildings and structures

Does that place look familiar? Many towns, docks, beauty spots, dams, buildings, parks, monuments, and scenery are still unidentified. You may even spot the place where you live or a holiday destination.


Are you a car, motorbike, bus, lorry, ship, or aircraft expert? Please share your knowledge – we would love to improve the description according to your feedback.

Squiggly signatures and horrible handwriting

Test your skill against some of the most difficult examples we have in our archive. Can you decipher them?

The list is continuously updated – please return from time to time. Many thanks!