As part of its efforts to merge memories of the past with modern-day technology, East Riding Archives Service has put its collection of old pictures online, and visitors can search by date, location or theme.
Clrr Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, added: “We tend to think of archives as being something locked away in a vault that we need special permission to see, and museum exhibits as closely guarded treasures, kept at arm’s length by glass screens and cases.
“So the notion of having a piece of history in our own homes has tended to be quite unconventional, until now.
“This new website is an excellent new initiative.”
Archivist Sam Bartle said: “The online vintage prints service really helps bring history into the home for our customers.
“Many people feel a strong connection to their local area and its heritage, and this website allows them to celebrate that connection by decorating their homes with fascinating images from the region’s past.”
Copies of the photos, which cover an area as far afield as Scarborough and Hull, can be ordered in a range of sizes.
Sam added: “The variety of size options, and the range of local places covered on the website means that cafes, pubs, restaurants and other businesses can also make use of the online prints service to lend a vintage look and feel to their rooms, giving customers and staff a real sense of place.
The website can be found at www.picturearchives.org/eastridingphotos