Glass Slides: Llandudno and its People

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A variety of glass slides, donated by a local Llandudno enthusiast and historian, depicting Llandudno and the people of Llandudno towards the end of the 19th Century and early 20th Century.

The Llandudno enthusiast aquired the slides from an aquaintance. Before that the provenance of the slides is unclear. The history of the glass slides is therefore uncertain making it difficult to date precisely, identify and understand the nature in which they were made and kept. It is unclear whether many of the positive slides are originals or copies. It has been necessary, where possible, to make educated guesses identifying people, recognising locations and dating.

The occasional slides have been entitled, 'Flatters & Garnett, Ltd., Manchester' or 'Flatters & Garnett, Ltd. 309 Oxford Road, Manchester,'. Flatters and Garnett Ltd was a nationally important firm that produced and supplied microscopical equipment, including glass slides. Flatters and Garnett Ltd was formed by two business partners, Abraham Flatters and Charles Garnett, in 1901 and in 1913 moved to Oxford Road. This suggests the glass slide products date to the early 1900s. This does not necessarily correlate with when the original images were made.

Some slides have 'Roberts' Book Corner, Llandudno' written upon them, but the relevance of this place is unclear.

Many of the photographs are portraits. The names of some of the subjects have been written on the glass slides, the majority however remain unidentified.

The glass slides include images of The Pier, Marine Drive, Mostyn Street, East Promanade, Bath Houses, Great Orme, Llandudno Life Boat, Baptist Ministers and many other unidentified individual portraits.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Access to some documents may be restricted due to Data Protection legislation, Conwy Archives will advise where this is the case. For details and opening hours see http://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Libraries-Museums-and-Archives/Archives/Archives.aspx.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Due to the sensitive and fragile nature of the glass slides, they have all been scanned and copied. Scanned images are black and white, though one or two of the original glass slides are colour-tinted.

Related Material

See also CP92 (Add.) and CP3203 for other collections related to A H Hughes