Welcome to the website of Jayne Shrimpton who helps to date old photographs and artworks. A dress historian, portrait specialist and photo detective, Jayne is familiar to genealogists world-wide from her family photograph dating books, regular old photo dating and fashion history columns in UK and Australian family history magazines and her online photo dating work for the genealogy website Findmypast. She is also personally known to many family historians from her private old photo dating services, popular expert photograph dating stand at the 'Who Do You Think You Are? Live' show at Olympia each year, annual courses at the Society of Genealogists in London and talks and photo dating events at regional family history societies.
Inherited photographs and artworks are precious family heirlooms and valuable historical records. Old photos, paintings and drawings not only show us what past family members looked like, but are also physical objects that they actually handled, as well as symbolic images that had an important personal meaning for them during their lifetimes. Family pictures therefore provide a direct and very intimate link with the past but, unfortunately, very often they have been passed down the generations without any helpful label providing a date or the identity of their subject(s). This is where Jayne Shrimpton can offer her unique professional help, by accurately dating your photos and other portraits, analysing them for their purpose and significance and firmly establishing their correct place within your family's history.