Welcome to the website of Jayne Shrimpton

The specialist in dating old family photographs.

Professional dress historian, portrait specialist and photo ‘detective’, Jayne is familiar to family historians and costume enthusiasts world-wide through her photograph books and fashion history guides; expertise in dating photos from the Victorian and Edwardian periods and later; regular photo dating and dress history columns in genealogy, family history and social history magazines; monthly photograph blogs for the genealogy website Findmypast; and her attendance at a range of events, including expert photo dating at the annual Who Do You Think You Are? Live family history show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Jayne Shrimpton Picture Dating and Analysis Expert

With a BA (Hons) degree in History, a 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 consultant, using her in-depth knowledge of fashion history and over 30 years’ accumulated experience of studying historical images, she has personally dated and interpreted many thousands of family photographs, postcards, cartes de viste, cabinet cards and hundreds of oil paintings, portrait miniatures, drawings and silhouettes.

A selection of Jayne Shrimpton's publications


Jayne offers a unique, personalised picture dating and analysis service to family historians, local history groups and any individuals or organisations requiring help with historical photographs and portraits in all media. She is the only professional photograph expert who has relevant academic post-graduate qualifications and fashion history training. In recognition of her unique skills and unrivalled experience, in 2015 she became a business partner of the genealogy company Findmypast, offering an exclusive discount on picture dating/analysis to Findmypast First members: http://www.findmypast.co.uk/first

Please read on to discover how Jayne can help you, or your organisation, with her photo dating and analysis services.

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