Ian Breakwell
‘Dancing Strangers’, a booklet of photographs and captions put together by Ian Breakwell for his work, ‘Ghost Dance (aka Dancing Strangers)’
Tate Archive
© The estate of Ian Breakwell

Tate Archive contains more than one million items on artists, art world figures and art organisations in Britain documenting the history of fine art practice in the UK. This includes letters, writings, sketchbooks, audio-visual material, photographs, ephemera, press cuttings and objects.

More than 52,000 of these, including material by artists such as Francis Bacon, Felicia Browne, Aubrey Williams, Ithell Colquhoun, and Paul Nash, can now be viewed online.

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You can find out more about our approach to archive digitisation by referring to our online toolkit produced as part of the HLF funded Archives & Access project (2012–2017).