The collection comprises black and white images from the glass plate and cellulose nitrate negatives produced by the photographer, Godfrey Bingley. Spanning the years 1884-1913 the images cover a wide range of subjects. There are many Yorkshire scenes, including places such as Kirkstall Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Headingley, Bolton Abbey and Scarborough. However, the collection also covers locations in UK, Europe and South America.
A particularly noteworthy feature of the collection is the inclusion of Bingley's notebooks in which he detailed the place and date of each shot.
Professor P. F. Kendall, accepting the gift from Bingley, described the archive as 'probably the most magnificent collection ever made of lantern slides, illustrating architecture, archaeology, geology and scenery in all parts of England, but especially Yorkshire...'