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Position Collection

"Position: A Tapestry of Time and Place" In the intricate threads of history, positions define our past, present, and future

Background imagePosition Collection: RAF Bristol Blenheim Fighter-Bombers; Second World War, 19

RAF Bristol Blenheim Fighter-Bombers; Second World War, 19
Illustration showing three Royal Air Force Bristol Blenheim mark IV fighter-bomber-reconnaissance airplanes over enemy territory in 1941

Background imagePosition Collection: Map of the Battle of Waterloo, 18th June 1815 (19th century)

Map of the Battle of Waterloo, 18th June 1815 (19th century). Battle plan showing the positions of the British and French armies at the outset of the battle

Background imagePosition Collection: Marie Curie

Marie Curie
Born in Poland in 1867, after receiving her secondary education she worked as a governess for eight years. Marie moved to Paris and read Physics at the Sorbonne

Background imagePosition Collection: Fencing positions

Fencing positions
Page demonstrating the various positions adopted during fencing. Date: 1930

Background imagePosition Collection: Japan - Geisha - See no evil, Hear no evil, speak no evil

Japan - Geisha - See no evil, Hear no evil, speak no evil
Japan - Three Geisha girls - miming the phrase See no evil, Hear no evil, speak no evil. Date: circa 1904

Background imagePosition Collection: Map of the Coronation ritual within Westminster Abbey

Map of the Coronation ritual within Westminster Abbey
A panoramic view inside Westminster Abbey to show the position, movements and sequence of ceremonies (indicated by numbers) of the Coronation ceremony of King George VI. Date: 1937

Background imagePosition Collection: Les Diablerets (L Oldenhorn et le Becabesson), 1903 (oil on canvas)

Les Diablerets (L Oldenhorn et le Becabesson), 1903 (oil on canvas)
1769170 Les Diablerets (L Oldenhorn et le Becabesson), 1903 (oil on canvas) by Signac, Paul (1863-1935); 65x81 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Les Diablerets (L Oldenhorn et le Becabesson)

Background imagePosition Collection: Glenariff valley, Glens of Antrim, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Great Britain, Europe

Glenariff valley, Glens of Antrim, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Great Britain, Europe

Background imagePosition Collection: Forth Bridge

Forth Bridge
March 1890: Pictures showing various aspects of building the Forth Bridge: its size compared with the Eiffel Tower; a demonstration of the cantilever process; a cassion being towed into position

Background imagePosition Collection: 1959 Ford Thunderbird

1959 Ford Thunderbird
View of a 1959 Ford Thunderbird motor car, its convertible roof in the down position, parked outside on a grassy field, 1959. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

Background imagePosition Collection: Flowers and Birds, 19th century. Creator: Taki Katei

Flowers and Birds, 19th century. Creator: Taki Katei
Flowers and Birds, 19th century. Meiji period

Background imagePosition Collection: Castlerock Beach, County Derry, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, Europe

Castlerock Beach, County Derry, Northern Ireland, Great Britain, Europe

Background imagePosition Collection: Greenan Castle, South Ayrshire, Scotland

Greenan Castle, South Ayrshire, Scotland - a 16th century tower house, possibly on the site of an ancient fort. Date: circa 1908

Background imagePosition Collection: Rifle Brigade in position, Western Front - WWI

Rifle Brigade in position, Western Front - WWI
The First Battalion of the British Rifle Brigade in position close to the German trenches under shell fire - WWI. Date: circa 1915

Background imagePosition Collection: Walter Hagen at Muirfield 1929

Walter Hagen at Muirfield 1929
American golfer Walter Hagen plays a left handed shot from a difficult position on the ninth hole at Muirfield, Scotland, his ball too close to a stone wall to hit in his usual right handed manner

Background imagePosition Collection: Children on the Beach, St. Ives, 1886 (oil on canvas)

Children on the Beach, St. Ives, 1886 (oil on canvas)
658034 Children on the Beach, St. Ives, 1886 (oil on canvas) by Forbes, Stanhope Alexander (1857-1947); 30.5x40 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Children on the Beach, St. Ives)

Background imagePosition Collection: The Man of Sorrows. Title-page to Small Passion. c1511, (1906). Artist: Albrecht Durer

The Man of Sorrows. Title-page to Small Passion. c1511, (1906). Artist: Albrecht Durer
The Man of Sorrows. Title-page to Small Passion. c1511, (1906). The drawing is held by the British Museum, London. From The Engravings of Albert Durer, by Lionel Cust. [Seeley and Co

Background imagePosition Collection: Japanese Geisha - Traditional flower arranging

Japanese Geisha - Traditional flower arranging. Date: circa 1904

Background imagePosition Collection: Pulling a field gun stuck in mud, Western Front, WW1

Pulling a field gun stuck in mud, Western Front, WW1
Men pulling and jacking a field gun stuck in the mud during bad weather on the Western Front in Flanders during the First World War. They are trying to get it into a new position for firing

Background imagePosition Collection: Captain Charles Upham

Captain Charles Upham
Portrait of double VC winner, Captain Charles Upham (). Born in New Zealand, Upham was a sheep farmer who distinguished himself during World War Two on two occasions

Background imagePosition Collection: Children Sledging

Children Sledging
Four children position their sledges, ready for a downhill race!

Background imagePosition Collection: Ballet dancers exercising

Ballet dancers exercising at the French Academie de Musique et de Danse. (2 of 2)

Background imagePosition Collection: Invergarry Castle in the Scottish Highlands - the seat of the Chiefs of the Clan

Invergarry Castle in the Scottish Highlands - the seat of the Chiefs of the Clan MacDonnell of Glengarry, a powerful branch of the Clan Donald

Background imagePosition Collection: RAF Bomb-Aimer at his position; Second World War, 1943

RAF Bomb-Aimer at his position; Second World War, 1943
Photograph showing a Royal Air Force bomb-aimer at his position with the bomb release cable ready in his right hand, November 1943

Background imagePosition Collection: Typical clay pot, tajine, for cooking traditional Moroccan meals, mud-brick village of Anammer

Typical clay pot, tajine, for cooking traditional Moroccan meals, mud-brick village of Anammer, Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountains, Anammer, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

Background imagePosition Collection: The Greely Arctic Expedition at its farthest point North, 18

The Greely Arctic Expedition at its farthest point North, 18
Engraving showing members of the American Meteorological Expedition of 1881-4 taking their position, with a sextant, at the farthest point North they reached. Led by Lt

Background imagePosition Collection: Diagrams of the bones of hand and arm

Diagrams of the bones of hand and arm
Diagrams of the bones of the left arm and hand, showing the position of the radius and ulna when the thumb is turned inwards. The shoulder blade and part of the collar bone can also be seen

Background imagePosition Collection: Map of Atlantis / Kircher

Map of Atlantis / Kircher
Map of Atlantis showing position relative to Europe, Africa and America (albeit upside down)

Background imagePosition Collection: NOTTINGHAM, FROM THE CASTLE, UK. Nottingham Castle is a castle in Nottingham, England

NOTTINGHAM, FROM THE CASTLE, UK. Nottingham Castle is a castle in Nottingham, England. It is located in a commanding position on a natural promontory known as Castle Rock

Background imagePosition Collection: Portrait de Sarah Bernhardt, 1876. Creator: Georges Jules Victor Clairin

Portrait de Sarah Bernhardt, 1876. Creator: Georges Jules Victor Clairin
Portrait de Sarah Bernhardt, 1876

Background imagePosition Collection: Welcome sign on a highway, Welcome to Wyoming, Forever West, flat landscape, Wyoming, USA

Welcome sign on a highway, Welcome to Wyoming, Forever West, flat landscape, Wyoming, USA

Background imagePosition Collection: Map of Suvla Bay, Gallipoli peninsula, First World War, 1915, (c1920). Creator: Unknown

Map of Suvla Bay, Gallipoli peninsula, First World War, 1915, (c1920). Creator: Unknown
Map of Suvla Bay, Gallipoli peninsula, First World War, 1915, (c1920). After the Suvla Bay Landing: Approximate Positions of General Stopfords Divisions on the night of August 7, 1915

Background imagePosition Collection: Behold the Reward of those Who Meddle in Other Peoples Affairs, c1900-1950

Behold the Reward of those Who Meddle in Other Peoples Affairs, c1900-1950
Behold the Reward of those Who Meddle in Other Peoples Affairs. c1900-1950

Background imagePosition Collection: Sailors demonstrating flag semaphore system

Sailors demonstrating flag semaphore system

Background imagePosition Collection: Illustration of shark body language, normal front and side-on positions (top)

Illustration of shark body language, normal front and side-on positions (top), and displaying aggressive body language (bottom)

Background imagePosition Collection: Evening mood, Salar de Uyuni, Salt Lake, Altiplano, Bolivia

Evening mood, Salar de Uyuni, Salt Lake, Altiplano, Bolivia
Dramatic evening mood, Salar de Uyuni, Salt Lake, Altiplano, Bolivia. The dramatic scenery, colours and rugged horizons of the Bolivian Altiplano

Background imagePosition Collection: Bus Driver

Bus Driver
March 1929: A set of instruments on a bus route survey vehicle for measuring distance, gradient and camber on roads used by the London General Omnibus Companys fleet of buses

Background imagePosition Collection: Battle of the Somme, First World War, July 1916, (c1920). Creator: Unknown

Battle of the Somme, First World War, July 1916, (c1920). Creator: Unknown
Battle of the Somme, First World War, July 1916, (c1920). Map of northern France showing Successive Stages of Advance at the Fricourt Salient...British line in black, Enemy Defences [Germans] in red

Background imagePosition Collection: Picture No. 12480150

Picture No. 12480150
Bengal Cat, kitten wearing Unicorn headband Date:

Background imagePosition Collection: Battle of Gettysburg Map, July 3, 1863 Civil War Engraving

Battle of Gettysburg Map, July 3, 1863 Civil War Engraving
Engraving of the Map of the Battle of Gettysburgs, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1863 Civil War Engraving from Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War, Published in 1864

Background imagePosition Collection: RAF De Havilland Vampire being pushed into position ready for take-off

RAF De Havilland Vampire being pushed into position ready for take-off
17th May 1952: An RAF De Havilland Vampire being pushed into position ready for take-off. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5864 - We re Flying Five Years Ahead - pub.1952

Background imagePosition Collection: Two Harriers manoeuvre into position for landing on the deck

Two Harriers manoeuvre into position for landing on the deck of HMS Eagle during sea trials in 1970. Date: 1970

Background imagePosition Collection: HMS Leviathan, Drake-class armoured cruiser

HMS Leviathan, Drake-class armoured cruiser
Royal Navy - HMS Leviathan, a Drake-class armoured cruiser. HMS Leviathan was one of four Drake-class armoured cruisers built for the Royal Navy around 1900

Background imagePosition Collection: A Cock and Hen Pheasant at the Edge of a Wood, 1897 (pencil and watercolour)

A Cock and Hen Pheasant at the Edge of a Wood, 1897 (pencil and watercolour)
828474 A Cock and Hen Pheasant at the Edge of a Wood, 1897 (pencil and watercolour) by Thorburn, Archibald (1860-1935); 24.4x34.9 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePosition Collection: The Blue Boat, 1929 (oil on board)

The Blue Boat, 1929 (oil on board)
1197395 The Blue Boat, 1929 (oil on board) by Wood, Christopher (1901-30); 40x55.9 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imagePosition Collection: Officer of the 16th Lancers, 1900. Creator: Gregory & Co

Officer of the 16th Lancers, 1900. Creator: Gregory & Co
Officer of the 16th Lancers, 1900. From " South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. I", by Louis Creswicke. [T. C. & E. C. Jack, Edinburgh, 1900]

Background imagePosition Collection: Map showing approximately the area gained on the Thiepval Ridge... 1916, (c1920)

Map showing approximately the area gained on the Thiepval Ridge... 1916, (c1920)
Map showing approximately the area gained on the Thiepval Ridge between September 14 and October 31, 1916, (c1920). The British line in northern France during the Battle of the Somme

Background imagePosition Collection: Candy Land MutantNature2015

Candy Land MutantNature2015
Zabriskie Point with Panamint Range in distance, Mojave Desert. Mutant nature Zabriskie Point is a part of Amargosa Range located east of Death Valley in Death Valley National Park in California



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"Position: A Tapestry of Time and Place" In the intricate threads of history, positions define our past, present, and future. From the strategic Map of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 to Marie Curie's groundbreaking scientific position, we witness moments that shaped humanity. Just as fencing positions demand precision and skill, so do life's challenges require us to find our stance. In Glenariff valley's serene beauty or amidst Greenan Castle's ancient walls, we discover our place within Ireland's majestic landscapes. Within Westminster Abbey's hallowed halls lies a map depicting the coronation ritual—a testament to power and authority held by those who ascend their rightful position. And like Taki Katei's exquisite artwork capturing Flowers and Birds in 19th-century Japan, we too can create beauty from where we stand. The iconic Forth Bridge stands tall as a symbol of engineering prowess—an architectural marvel that exemplifies strength in its structural position. Similarly, Geishas embody grace while reminding us to see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil—finding harmony through their poised presence. Castlerock Beach whispers tales of Northern Ireland’s coastal wonders—a meeting point between land and sea where nature finds its perfect positioning. Meanwhile, Rifle Brigade soldiers on the Western Front during WWI demonstrate unwavering determination as they hold their ground against adversity. And just like the timeless elegance exuded by a 1959 Ford Thunderbird cruising down an open road—we are reminded that sometimes it is not about reaching a destination but reveling in every moment along the way. In this vast tapestry woven with diverse positions across time and space—let us embrace our own unique place with courage and conviction. For it is through finding our footing that we leave an indelible mark upon this world.