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About the BSA SPHS Image Collection

The SPHS photographic collection was amassed by The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies between 1891 and 1967 through the donation of images. It contained negatives, both glass and film in a variety of sizes, photographic prints and glass lantern slides. It contains both original and copy negatives. Index cards with small contact prints served as finding aids for the collection. It was designed as an image reference collection where images could be duplicated as either prints or slides and sold or lent to members.

The BSA SPHS Collection is part of the original SPHS photographic collection, selected by donors who were associated with the BSA or images of topographic interest, particularly in areas the BSA was known to have worked. The remainder of the extant SPHS collection went to the Hellenic Literary and Historical Archives (MIET-ELIA) in Athens. Documentation for this collection consists of 5 Negative registers (held in the SPHS offices in London), the published catalogues or accession lists of lantern slides in The Journal of Hellenic Studies, the Minute Book December 1949-January 1983 for the Photographic and Filmstrip Committee of the SPHS (held in the SPHS Library in London) and information contained on extant index cards.

Athenian Acropolis: Asclepeion looking E. [BSA SPHS 01/6205.C3620], Athenian Acropolis: Asclepeion looking E., Latest 1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Athens, Asklepieion looking East".

Eleusis: pediment and architrave reconstructed [BSA SPHS 01/6206.C3621], Eleusis: pediment and architrave reconstructed, Latest 1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Eleusis, pediment + architrave reconstructed".

Eleusis: altar with Eleusian torches; other fragments [BSA SPHS 01/6207.C3622], Eleusis: altar with Eleusian torches; other fragments, Latest 1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Eleusis, altar with Eleusinian torches: other fragments".

Marathon: Soros [tomb] [BSA SPHS 01/6209.C3624], Marathon: Soros [tomb], Latest 1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Marathon, soros".

Asine [BSA SPHS 01/6210.C3625], Asine, 1922-1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Asine".

Asine: tower on E. side of Acropolis commanding the gateway [BSA SPHS 01/6211.C3626], Asine: tower on E. side of Acropolis commanding the gateway, 1922-1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Asine, tower of Eastern side of Acropolis commanding gateway".

Asine: N.W. walls [BSA SPHS 01/6212.C3627], Asine: N.W. walls, 1922-1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Asine, North-Western walls".

Epidaurus: reconstruction of arcade of theatre [BSA SPHS 01/6213.C3628], Epidaurus: reconstruction of arcade of theatre, Latest 1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Epidaurus, theatre reconstruction of arcade".

Epidaurus: great colonnade (Asclepeion) [BSA SPHS 01/6214.C3629], Epidaurus: great colonnade (Asclepeion), Latest 1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Epidaurus, great colonnade".

Epidaurus: Asclepeion [BSA SPHS 01/6215.C3630], Epidaurus: Asclepeion, Latest 1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Epidaurus".

Tiryns: stairway in W. wall [BSA SPHS 01/6216.C3631], Tiryns: stairway in W. wall, Latest 1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Tiryns, Stairway in Western Wall".

Epidaurus: panel from roof of tholos (in Epidaurus Museum) [BSA SPHS 01/6217.C3633], Epidaurus: panel from roof of tholos (in Epidaurus Museum), Latest 1927

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Epidaurus, panel from roof of tholos (in Museum)".

Olympia: General view of the unexcavated site [BSA SPHS 01/6220.C3690], Olympia: General view of the unexcavated site

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Olympia: general view of excavated site".

Athens Acropolis: Erectheum [BSA SPHS 01/6233.C4122], Athens Acropolis: Erectheum, Latest 1926

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Athens".

Tiryns [BSA SPHS 01/6236.C4125], Tiryns, Latest 1926

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Tiryns".

Tiryns: staircase [BSA SPHS 01/6237.C4126], Tiryns: staircase, Latest 1926

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Tiryns".

Cretan travelling potter at work [BSA SPHS 01/6239.C4128], Cretan travelling potter at work

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Cretan travelling potter at work".

Storage jars, both ancient and modern [BSA SPHS 01/6240.C4129], Storage jars, both ancient and modern

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Store jars-ancient and modern".

Modern pot 'thowers' at work [BSA SPHS 01/6241.C4130], Modern pot 'thowers' at work

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Potters-modern "throwers" at work".

Drawing of an outdoor baking oven near Mycenae [BSA SPHS 01/6242.C4131], Drawing of an outdoor baking oven near Mycenae, Latest 1926

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Outdoor baking oven near Myceneae".

Chalcis: Modern pot market [BSA SPHS 01/6243.C4132], Chalcis: Modern pot market

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Chalkis-the modern pot market".

Sardis: Wrestling match at the E. end of the Temple of Artemis in June 1914 [BSA SPHS 01/6250.C4175], Sardis: Wrestling match at the E. end of the Temple of Artemis in June 1914, 1914

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Sardis; wrestling match at the Eastern end of the temple, June 1914".

Group at the Sart station (near Sardis) in 1913 [BSA SPHS 01/6269.C4194], Group at the Sart station (near Sardis) in 1913, 1913

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Sardis; Group at Sart station, 1913".

Group at the Sart station (near Sardis) in 1913 [BSA SPHS 01/6270.C4195], Group at the Sart station (near Sardis) in 1913, 1913

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Sardis; Group at Sart station, 1913".

Delphi: Athenian treasury [BSA SPHS 01/6281.C4313], Delphi: Athenian treasury, Latest 1930

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Delphi, Athenian treasury".

Malkajck [modern] Bulgurca: Threshing on the van Lennep chiftlik [BSA SPHS 01/6289.C4332], Malkajck [modern] Bulgurca: Threshing on the van Lennep chiftlik, 1910

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Asia Minor, Malkajck (near Smyrna); threshing on the van Lennep chiftlik, 1910".

Crete, Palaikastro: Scene from a festival of wrestling on the beach [BSA SPHS 01/6292.C4458], Crete, Palaikastro: Scene from a festival of wrestling on the beach

Part of a group of images from the British School at Athens excavations at Palaikastro, Crete in the 1902-1905. The original description in the SPHS negative register reads: "Palaikastro: a festival. Wrestling on the beach".

Crete, Palaikastro: Scene from a festival of a poet improvising [BSA SPHS 01/6293.C4459], Crete, Palaikastro: Scene from a festival of a poet improvising

Part of a group of images from the British School at Athens excavations at Palaikastro, Crete in the 1902-1905. The original description in the SPHS negative register reads: "Palaikastro: a festival. The poet improvising".

Praesos: A festival [BSA SPHS 01/6294.C4460], Praesos: A festival, 1901

Part of a collection of images from the BSA excavations at Praisos, Crete in 1901. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Praesos: a festival".

Olympia: Metroon and the steps to the treasury terrace [BSA SPHS 01/6339.C5012], Olympia: Metroon and the steps to the treasury terrace, Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS collection reads: "Olympia: Metroon and steps of treasury terrace".

Olympia: Portico of the gymnasium [BSA SPHS 01/6341.C5016], Olympia: Portico of the gymnasium, Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS collection reads: "Olympia: portico of gymansium".

Olympia: Altis [sanctuary] from the W. [BSA SPHS 01/6342.C5017], Olympia: Altis [sanctuary] from the W., Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS collection reads: "Olympia: Altis from West".

Phaedriades [BSA SPHS 01/6361.C5116], Phaedriades, Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Delphi, Phaidriades".

Delphi: General view of the theatre [BSA SPHS 01/6364.C5119], Delphi: General view of the theatre, Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Delphi, theatre general view".

Delphi: The pavement of the sacred way adjoining the polygonal masonry [BSA SPHS 01/6365.C5120], Delphi: The pavement of the sacred way adjoining the polygonal masonry, Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Delphi, sacred way: the pavement adjoining the polygonal masonry".

Delphi: Athenian portico [stoa] inscription [BSA SPHS 01/6366.C5121], Delphi: Athenian portico [stoa] inscription, Latest 1931

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Delphi, Athenian portico inscription".