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Welcome to the website of Jayne Shrimpton
Fashion historian and family photograph expert


UK-based professional dress historian, portrait specialist and photo ‘detective’ since the 1980s, Jayne is internationally known for her many books and regular columns in genealogy and social history magazines. She runs courses and appears at public events, including the Who Do You Think You Are? Live family history show until 2017. Jayne also provides a unique bespoke picture dating/analysis service for family historians, local groups and commercial clients.


Jayne Shrimpton


With a BA (Hons) degree in History, MA degree in the History of Dress (Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London) and seven years’ curatorial experience at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Jayne is a highly-qualified, academically-trained historian and portrait (artworks and photographs) specialist. As an independent historical image consultant, using her in-depth knowledge of fashion history and over 30 years’ accumulated experience, Jayne has personally dated and interpreted hundreds of thousands of family photographs, oil and watercolour paintings, portrait miniatures, drawings and silhouettes.

Please read on to discover how Jayne can help you, or your organisation.