Fonds GB 0210 GMRIDLY - Martin Ridley Collection

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Martin Ridley Collection


  • [ca.1900-ca.1910] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

ca 800 glass negatives : b&w ; 215 x 165 mm or smaller.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Martin J. Ridley (1861-1936) was a Bournemouth based photographer who specialised in photographing views in south Wales, Southern England and Australia. He was most active as a photographer during the 1890s-1920s. Most of his photographs of south Wales date from 1900-1910. The majority have been annotated in ink on the plate margin by Ridley. Some were used in the publication 'Sixty One Views of the Rhondda Valley'. Many others were published as picture postcards. Most of those published as postcards can be identified by the use of a four digit number inked on the negative. In May 1964 some 6000 or so Ridley glass plates were to be destoyed. They were however rescued at the last minute and placed in storage. It was not until 2007 that work on cataloguing and sorting the collection began. The 800 or so Welsh views were acquired by the National Library of Wales shortly afterwards.

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Scope and content

Photographs taken of various areas in South Wales by Bournemouth photographer Martin Ridley (1861-1936). Some unidentified. Particularly well represented are Cardiff, Newport, Rhondda Valley, Abertillery, Ebbw Vale and Cowbridge.

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System of arrangement

Arranged by size and numerical order ascribed by vendors.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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In some instances, notably views that were published by Ridley a four figure number has been written or etched on the negative. Where present this has been recorded in the 505 MARC field.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; LCTGM; and GMGPC


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2010.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by William Troughton.

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  • Projected graphic: $k - NEGYDDION.