Wiper Photographs

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Black and white photographs by Alan Wiper (1932-1973), largely of architecture and antiquities of the north of England, especially from the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. The collection reflects Wiper's interest in the activities of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, of which he was the excursions secretary for several years. It covers sites in Co. Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland, and the North and West Ridings of Yorkshire, together with two photographs of Jedburgh Abbey, one of Reculver in Kent, and one of Porchester, Hampshire.

Administrative / Biographical History

Educated at St Oswald's School and Whinney Hill School, Durham, Alan Wiper worked for the University of Durham from the age of 14, and became Chief Technician in the Dept of Chemistry. He also undertook photographic commissions for other university departments, the Dean and Chapter, and other clients. Many of his photographs appeared in published works.


In call number order.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation.

Acquisition Information

Nos 1-33 were deposited by the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, 1974. Nos 34-71 were presented by Dr. C.W. Gibby, 1987.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished list.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.