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Years have witnessed the triumphs and tribulations of history, from the Battle of Agincourt to the Training Ship HMS Conway

Background imageYears Collection: An Albanian

An Albanian man. From: A journey through Albania and other provinces of Turkey in Europe and Asia, to Constantinople, during the years 1809 and 1810.. Date: 1813

Background imageYears Collection: Training Ship HMS Conway

Training Ship HMS Conway
A view of the training ship HMS Conway which was established in 1859 and for many years was moored on the River Mersey near Liverpool. Some of the ships company can be seen amongst the rigging

Background imageYears Collection: Don Bradman Going out to Bat for the Last Time, Melbourne Cr

Don Bradman Going out to Bat for the Last Time, Melbourne Cr
Photograph of Don Bradman going out to bat, during his last first-class cricket match; a game between Bradmans XI and L. Hassetts XI, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, December 1948

Background imageYears Collection: Battle of Agincourt

Battle of Agincourt
The English army prepares for battle on the morning of Agincourt

Background imageYears Collection: Spectacular New Years Eve Fireworks and London Eye, London

Spectacular New Years Eve Fireworks and London Eye, London
New Years Eve Fireworks, London

Background imageYears Collection: The Last Caravan by A. E. Bestall

The Last Caravan by A. E. Bestall
A colour illustration by Alfred Bestall showing a fantasy scene where a group of travellers are being spied on from woodland by a centaur and female imps

Background imageYears 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 imageYears Collection: Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral
A fine elevated view of the magnificent Cologne Cathedral, taken in the years leading up to World War Two

Background imageYears Collection: Victoria Tower on Castle Hill, Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Victoria Tower on Castle Hill, Huddersfield, Yorkshire
View of the Victoria Tower on Castle Hill, overlooking Huddersfield, Yorkshire. The tower was opened in 1899 to commemorate Queen Victorias 60+ year reign. Date: 1940s

Background imageYears Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
The Green Knight rides over the bridge into Camelot Castle on New Years Day. He will set King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table a special challenge

Background imageYears Collection: Buick Advertisement 1929

Buick Advertisement 1929
A fine poster advertising 25 years of progress by the General Motors and their flagship Buick brand

Background imageYears Collection: Singing Auld Lang Syne

Singing Auld Lang Syne
The song of many happy people and sentimental drunks upon New Years Eve, Auld Lang Syne, a traditional air with words by Robert Burns

Background imageYears Collection: Survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade, 1890

Survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade, 1890
Photograph of survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War taken 36 years after the event. The photograph was taken for charitable purposes

Background imageYears Collection: Voodoo / Marie Laveau

Voodoo / Marie Laveau
Marie Laveau, the queen of the Voodoos at New Orleans, in the last year of her life - she was supposed to be over 100 years old

Background imageYears Collection: Writing / Shorthand Pitman

Writing / Shorthand Pitman
Shorthand writing: an example of Pitmans system, boasting that Fortune magazine has gained over 100, 000 subscribers in five short years

Background imageYears Collection: Norton. Isle of Man TT

Norton. Isle of Man TT
500cc Norton racing at the Isle of Man TT, an annual motorcycle event run on the Isle of Man in May/June of most years since 1907. It regarded as one of the most dangerous racing events in the world

Background imageYears Collection: Vickers 417 Wellington III -employed by Bomber Command

Vickers 417 Wellington III -employed by Bomber Command throughout the war years

Background imageYears Collection: HMS Implacable, 1920

HMS Implacable, 1920
Photograph of HMS Implacable, formerly the Duguay-Trouin, 1920. This ship was built in France in 1789, served at Trafalgar, and was captured by the Royal Navy shortly thereafter

Background imageYears Collection: Christmas Truce / Soldiers

Christmas Truce / Soldiers
British and German troops leave their trenches on New Years Day to fraternise in peace in No Mans Land

Background imageYears Collection: Spring-Heeled Jack winged monster

Spring-Heeled Jack winged monster
Winged man-monster who terrified residents of Blackheath and other London suburbs from 1837 for many years but was never caught Date: 1830s

Background imageYears Collection: Members of No20 Squadron RAF

Members of No20 Squadron RAF
Members of No20 Squadron, RAF, pictured with some of their Hawker Hunter F6s at RAF Tengah, Singapore to celebrate the squadrons 50th anniversary

Background imageYears Collection: Olney Pancake Race

Olney Pancake Race
SHROVE TUESDAY The starter line for the Olney pancake race which has been held in the village for over 500 years. Any Olney woman over 18 can compete

Background imageYears Collection: De Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth, the RAFs standard prima

De Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth, the RAFs standard primary trainer throughout the war years - Photo Hugh W Cowin

Background imageYears Collection: Boeing 377 SGT Super Guppy F-BTGV Airbus Finningley

Boeing 377 SGT Super Guppy F-BTGV Airbus Finningley
The first of a total of 4 Super Guppy Turbines to be built by Aero Spacelines. Flew for Airbus for more than 20 years transporting Concorde and Airbus sections

Background imageYears Collection: Page from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Page from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
A page from a version of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, narrating events of the years 772 to 794. It was written in Old English in the 9th century by a Wessex scribe

Background imageYears Collection: Montmartre / Restaurant

Montmartre / Restaurant
Chez la Mere Catherine a notable cafe on the place du Tertre, founded in 1793 and still going strong a hundred years later

Background imageYears Collection: Darbishire Ufo Fake

Darbishire Ufo Fake
Schoolboy Stephen Darbishire photographs this Adamski-type UFO at Coniston, Lancashire : it will be many years before he will admit it is a fake

Background imageYears Collection: Training Ship HMS Conway - Working with the Sextant

Training Ship HMS Conway - Working with the Sextant
The naval training ship HMS Conway was established in 1859 and for many years was moored on the River Mersey near Liverpool. Here, some of the ships boys are seen using a sextant. Date: 1898

Background imageYears Collection: Athletic young man in shorts with ball lying on a stone floor

Athletic young man in shorts with ball lying on a stone floor

Background imageYears Collection: Picture No. 10766504

Picture No. 10766504
Primitive Aboriginal Rock Painting about 20 000 years b.p. Date:

Background imageYears Collection: Sleeping Beauty ballet, reawakening scene

Sleeping Beauty ballet, reawakening scene
While the King and Queen sleep, Prince Charming, with the blessing of the Lilac Fairy, bends to kiss the Sleeping Princess and thereby awaken her

Background imageYears Collection: Butterick Jubilee

Butterick Jubilee
The Butterick Building in New York, jubilee celebrations - 50 years of fashion supremacy

Background imageYears Collection: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by William McLaren
Sir Gawain takes up the challenge. As instructed by the Green Knight, he swings the battleaxe and cuts off the Green Knights head. The head falls off and rolls towards the banqueting guests

Background imageYears Collection: Compton and Edrich leave the Oval pitch, 1953

Compton and Edrich leave the Oval pitch, 1953
Photograph showing the two English batsman, Denis Compton and Bill Edrich, leaving the pitch at the Oval Cricket Ground, London, 19th August 1953

Background imageYears Collection: Wedding Feast by William Heath Robinson

Wedding Feast by William Heath Robinson
Finely detailed colour illustration by William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) showing a wedding feast amid a rural setting. Robinson would follow this image with two more in subsequent years

Background imageYears Collection: Box Tunnel, Wilts

Box Tunnel, Wilts
Isambard Kingdom Brunels famous Box Tunnel, Corsham, Wiltshire, took 5 years (1836- 41) to build. Two miles long, it was the longest railway tunnel in Europe when it opened

Background imageYears Collection: Battle of Agincourt

Battle of Agincourt
A cavalry charge during the English victory at Agincourt

Background imageYears Collection: Hudsons Bay Map

Hudsons Bay Map
HUDSONs BAY, at the time of the Seven Years War, showing French and English forts including Fort York, the principal settlement of the Hudsons Bay Company

Background imageYears Collection: Wall mural revolution at Belfast

Wall mural revolution at Belfast
Belfast. Wall mural 1950 - Fifty years of revolution 2009. Date: 2011

Background imageYears Collection: CONCORDE 002 FLIES 1969

CONCORDE 002 FLIES 1969
Brian Trubshaw pilots the British-built Supersonic transport aircraft, Concorde 002 on its maiden flight from Filton to Fairford, seven years before entering service. Date: 9 April 1969

Background imageYears Collection: Captain Collins of Brighton, with his family

Captain Collins of Brighton, with his family
Captain Fred Collins of Brighton, who ran three pleasure boats called the Skylark and was a familiar figure on Brighton Beach for sixty years

Background imageYears Collection: Cave art paintings, prehistoric discovery

Cave art paintings, prehistoric discovery
A cave painting of small brown and red stags with horses, composed in Greek style, between two large black bull heads. Cave art discoveries in the Dordogne were by the Aurignacians who sought refuge

Background imageYears Collection: Aston Villa F. C in 1894

Aston Villa F. C in 1894
Team photograph of Aston Villa in First Division champions in 1894. Formed in 1874 by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel in Aston, Birmingham

Background imageYears Collection: 1903-Trouble; 1930-Reliability: The Motor cars wonderful ad

1903-Trouble; 1930-Reliability: The Motor cars wonderful ad
Six photographs illustrating the development of the motor car over a period of 27 years starting with the old Siddeley of 1903 next to its latest descendant of the time

Background imageYears Collection: Ww2 Clothing Coupons

Ww2 Clothing Coupons
Two CLOTHING BOOKS containing coupons without which you couldn t buy clothes : note the date - two years after the end of the war !

Background imageYears Collection: Eve Before The Fall. By A. E. Bestall

Eve Before The Fall. By A. E. Bestall
A scene beside a waterfall of four girls in their bathing costumes. The girls are watching the waterfall, prehaps resting after swimming

Background imageYears Collection: The Last Days of the Dinosaurs - Time of Great Change

The Last Days of the Dinosaurs - Time of Great Change
The Last Days of the Dinosaurs - Cretaceous Period - a time of great change, about 80 Million Years ago. Illustration by Neave Parker (with the co-operation of Dr. W. E. Swinton)

Background imageYears Collection: Gabriel Masselin, Waiter

Gabriel Masselin, Waiter
Gabriel Masselin served as a waiter at the Grand-Vefour, Paris, for over thirty years. Date: 1879



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Years have witnessed the triumphs and tribulations of history, from the Battle of Agincourt to the Training Ship HMS Conway. They have seen tales unfold, like 'The Last Caravan' by A. E. Bestall and the heroic missions of Vickers 417 Wellington III employed by Bomber Command. In their passing, they have stood witness to architectural marvels such as Victoria Tower on Castle Hill in Huddersfield, Yorkshire and Cologne Cathedral's majestic spires reaching towards the heavens. They have celebrated moments that resonate through time - Don Bradman going out to bat for the last time in Melbourne Cricket Ground, Marie Curie's groundbreaking discoveries illuminating our world with knowledge. Years echo with joyous melodies as people join hands singing 'Auld Lang Syne', a timeless tradition uniting hearts across generations. They hold stories within them - Members of No20 Squadron RAF etching their bravery into history books and Compton and Edrich bidding farewell to The Oval pitch in 1953, leaving behind memories cherished forever. Even advertisements find their place among these years; a Buick Advertisement from 1929 capturing an era long gone but not forgotten. As we reflect upon each passing year, let us remember that they are more than just numbers on a calendar, and are chapters filled with triumphs and lessons learned – reminding us that time is both fleeting yet enduring.