Photograph Collections

See some of the images from the Museum's collection spanning 150 years of Inverclyde's history.

William Street and West Breast, Greenock
William Street and West Breast, Greenock
Photograph taken by Greenock Burgh as part of a survey for the Greenock Improvement Order of 1919
No. 2012.100.10 - © McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock

The Photographic Collections held at the Museum span some 150 years of Inverclyde's history and record many now vanished streets and locations. As such it is an unequalled record of the many changes the area has gone through and documents the industries and activities of local people as well as leisure, educational and other pursuits.

Of particular note is the Paterson Collection of Clyde shipping photographs which documents the ships and piers on the Clyde from the earliest days of photography. Paddle steamers, cargo ships, ships on trial, warships and many others appear in the collection as does an extensive series of images of Clyde piers and anchorages.

During the closure of the building the Museum can only offer a limited enquiry service by e-mail. If you have a question concerning this collection please contact the Museum at

See thousands of images and records from the collections of the McLean Museum and Inverclyde Archives on our Collections Online website. Use the link on the left of this page to take you there.

Page last updated: 6 August 2018