This free online digital image archive offers over 50000 historical images from Protestant and Catholic missionary collections in Britain, Norway, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the United States. The photographs, which range in time from the middle of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century, offer a visual record of missionary activities and experiences in Africa, China, Madagascar, India, Papua-New Guinea, and the Caribbean.
The search tools are very effective, allowing you to search by country and/or keyword (e.g. nurse, medicine) and browse by date. The results are presented as thumbnails in the ‘Lightbox view’, but switching to the ‘List view’ provides more details about the results.
The detailed results pages are really clearly laid out and provide lots of information. As well as location, date and descriptions, additional subject terms have been added that allow further related searches.
The site is very easy to navigate and the information and images are of a high quality.