The archives consist of two
elements - photographic and printed
The Society's archives are a valuable source of reference to both
members and outside agencies. Work has now begun on indexing all
pictorial inn signs submitted to us.
latest searchable database guide to the archives’ contents, in Adobe PDF
format, can be viewed by
This latest update (April 2013) can be downloaded
FREE via the above link.
To see a sample
page of thumbnails by county, click on either county to
view a sample selection of
pictures or Shropshire
Inn Sign Society Archives
on CR-ROM (2nd edition)
The second annual CD-ROM,
containing the Society's archived photographs, is now
available to members. It contains more than 10,500 good quality
thumbnail photos, each with relevant details. Photos are
arranged by county and by year. There is also a full index.
Thumbnails and index are in the form of PDF files that can
be printed out, but photos cannot be downloaded. Information
is also included that explains how members can request
full-size photos (up to 6 free) by email.
The CD-ROM is available at
£5.00 (incl. p&p) from:
Brian Curtis, 24 Steinbeck Road, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 1FF
Please make your cheque payable to Brian Curtis
database is protected but allows the user to print, view or
Use the shortcut CTRL and F and enter a keyword in the green box
above the database. The first corresponding answer will be
highlighted on the page.
Or, press SHIFT, CTRL and F to see a list of relevant
thanks are due to Brian Curtis for an outstanding contribution
to the society's records!
ACCESS THE ARCHIVES
member can request from the archives at any one time, up to six
images, free of charge, by emailing the archivist at the
address at the bottom of the page.
your membership number and exact details of the listed sign(s) when
– no valid or verifiable membership number quoted, then sorry,
your request will not be met!
Please note that whilst we are always pleased to help the media and
other groups or individuals in their research, we reserve the right
to charge for our services. Should you require any photographic
material from our archives, then please contact the secretary
on the email address at the bottom of the page to arrange a fee for
images of signs, please include the following essential information:
name (Any previous name if known)
(street, town, county) The more detail, the better!
(and, hopefully, date) that the picture was taken.
other relevant information e.g. is the pub boarded-up? Otherwise, we
shall assume that the pub is still open for business.
Finally, do not forget to also include the name of the photographer,
if different to that of the sender.
Pictures in JPEG format are preferred.
To donate any pictorial inn signs to the Society's
please email the archivist at the address at the bottom of
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE JOURNAL
To send contributions – photographs, articles and any other
material – for inclusion in the Society’s quarterly Journal,
please email the
The Society is always interested in
acquiring books and other publications related to inn signs and pub
names. Although, we have most titles that have been published, we
invite members and non-members to inform us of individual book or
collections that are no longer required.
Contact the librarian in the first instance
While the Society has limited
physical capacity to accommodate large collections, it regrets
occasions when deceased members' interests are unwittingly disposed
of by surviving relatives.
That said, it must also be pointed
out that collections of photographs and paraphernalia related to inn
signs rarely have much financial value. The worth literally is in
the eye of the beholder.
Relatives expecting to make a tidy
sum out of Uncle Fred's collection of pub sign photographs will be
The policy of the Inn Sign Society
is to make no payment at all for the procurement of collections.
However, the Society will accept
appropriate photographic material and publications. The Society will
always endeavour to find a suitable home amongst the membership for
To prevent any misunderstanding,
the Society recommends that members make a written expression of
wish directing the ultimate disposal of their collection of inn sign
Collections that are to be
bequeathed to the Inn Sign Society should be referred to the Secretary, in the
first instance, for further information as to where the items should
Alternatively, all postal mail should
be addressed to:
The Inn Sign Society
9, Denmead Drive