Keith Medley was a commercial and press photographer who worked in and around Merseyside for most of his career. After the second world war (when he joined the RAF and worked with the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment), he set up a photographic business in Wallasey with his ex RAF colleague Bob Bird. The business was very successful, including work on weddings, studio portraits, commercial work and press work for both local and national newspapers. In 1964 Keith became sole owner of the business and continued working until his retirement in 1987.
The Keith Medley Archive was donated to LJMU in 2009 by his son, Jon Medley, and consists of around 30,000 glass plate negatives. This means that the collection as a whole is difficult to access, as there are very few prints and the negatives are not in chronological order. Through exhibitions and projects we are able to show a selection of images from the collection, giving a snapshot of an era, and showing the potential of the archive.
The Our Day Out project team are keen to gather more contributions from across the region to help build a rich archive of stories and memories from the mid-1960s and beyond, so if you are from Merseyside or know someone who is and you have a story to tell they would love to hear from you.
For more information about the project, and to contribute your own memories, please see the Our Day Out website at http://www.our-day-out.co.uk. If you would like to find out more about the archive, please visit our website at www.ljmu.ac.uk/lea/archives
Ian Bradley, Lecturer at the Liverpool Screen School, LJMU
Emily Parsons, LJMU Archivist and Special Collections Librarian