Montage of example photographs  taken by Reece Winstone

New Volume 45
Personal Accounts of the Bristol Blitz

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These first-hand accounts in the Reece Winstone Archive of the 1940 and 1941 blitz have been brought together on the 80th anniversary of the November 1940 air-raid on Bristol and published as volume 45 of the Bristol As It Was series. They describe events at St Peter’s Church, the Colston Hall, the Suspension Bridge, Redcliff, and elsewhere; their individual character reflects their authors (including Reece's own diary account) and they are vivid, compelling and evocative.

Occasionally harrowing to read, the raids are set in the historical context of the German air offensive as it is now understood and the personal accounts are illustrated with 20 contemporary photographs from the Archive. For the first time photographs are closely matched to the timing of events.

Softback, 234 x 156 mm wide, 42 pages, with further 12 pages of plates, aerial map in coloured bookmark. Limited press-run. So please order by email at for £6.00 plus £1.80 postage, or send cheque with order by post to our address at the foot of this page. Signed copies on request.

Volume 44 - Bristol & Somerset Vanishing Lives

Bristol and Somerset 
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Readers who saw our exhibition Rambles... from the Darkroom will know what to expect of a Reece Winstone exhibition. At the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol we showed 150 photographs of Reece’s own photo-journalism from 1930 to the 1960s, culled from his coverage of life in Bristol and Somerset and contrasting the two. The photography is as topical and engaging as ever.

It was a wide-ranging selection, and Volume 44 is its full catalogue with articles by various contributors.

Readers may purchase Bristol & Somerset: Vanishing Lives from us direct at £14.95 post-paid. Cheques payable to Reece Winstone Archive please.

The playwright, Alan Bennett, says:

‘It's full of gems.... they are so often of ordinary lives & that makes them so much more vivid.‘

From the visitor’s book:

‘So important for Bristol & district they deserve a permanent display of their own’; ‘This display shows what culturally has been lost in the dubious race for progress.’

Reece Winstone FRPS, 1909-1991, was a freelance photographer all his life and built up his own photo-library of Beautiful Britain. He was a Bristolian, who recorded the city from 1930 to 1975. Post-war he began collecting historic photographs of the city, and was the first person to publish serial books of historic photographs, in 1957. This corpus is now all termed the Reece Winstone Archive. 2009 was the centenary of Reece's birth.

1. The Photo Archive

The Archive consists of Reece’s 40,000 shots of Britain’s landscape, buildings and genre. There are forays into the Low Countries 1945/6. The work of some of Reece’s contemporaries is also held. The Archive also covers all parts of the city of Bristol and environs from 1840 and is on-going. It is the principal private photographic archive of Bristol and we are keen to accept photographs or negatives for posterity and possible future publication. Of the 7,000-odd photographs in this section the majority are published – see 2.0 Bristol books.
At present there are no personal search facilities. The Archive also contains personal papers and various items relating to Bristol, and to photography and photographers. The Archive is maintained by Reece’s son John.

1.1 Enquiries for Photographs & Ordering

Enquiries are welcome, and may be made in writing or by email, quoting vol/plate no. or neg. number if possible.
When a search has to be made for an unindexed item a search charge of £10 is payable.

Many shots of Britain are held by the National Monuments Record at Swindon and searchers there will need to contact ourselves for permission to reproduce, quoting the four- or five-digit negative number.

All Reece’s photography was painstakingly entered into accession books and the date and time the photograph was taken will be supplied.
There is a reproduction fee payable for publication or display of photographs from the Archive in whatever form.
Reproduction in reports for planning purposes, personal theses, family histories etc., is not excluded from this charge; credit to Reece Winstone Archive in your text is also required.

Personal Use

  1. Personal Users include:
    Users whose use is purely personal and those whose final format is not photocopied, used as emailed documents, put on websites, published or put on exhibition.

  2. Bona fide students at recognised higher educational institutions wishing to reproduce images from Reece Winstone books or from low resolution scans provided by the Archive and do not include reproduction on a private website, may be classed as personal users. Acknowledgement should always be made to Reece Winstone Archive copyright.

  3. Pupils at school up to school leaving age may scan and reproduce photographs appearing in Reece & John Winstone books without charge. Acknowledgement should be made as above.

  4. Current terms for private use are £30 for a high resolution scan to CD, or sent electronically if outside the UK. Please describe how the photograph will be used.

For commercial users please apply for commercial rates, with details of end use.


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