Photos charting the changing face of Sunderland over a 30-year period have been released on the internet for the first time.
Ex-RAF man Alan Williamson documented demolitions, revamps and building projects around the town between the late 1960s and 2000.
Now almost 400 of his colour slide images have been digitised by staff at Sunderland Museum and placed on the Flickr website.
“Mr Williamson made it his mission to record the changing face of Sunderland,” said Martin Routledge, Keeper of History.
“Any sort of photographic work recording changes over the decades is important, but the Williamson collection is absolutely unique.
“He went out and about specifically to document change. He had an idea that a record should be kept of changes – and he did it.”
Topics ranging from the demolition of key buildings to the creation of Crowtree Leisure Centre were captured on camera by Alan.
The photographer, who served as a volunteer at Sunderland Museum in the 1980s and ’90s, also documented changing shops and pubs.
“Mr Williamson kindly left his collection to us following his death. It is so wonderful we wanted others to see it,” said Martin.
“We believe history is for sharing. It is nice to be able to put Mr Williamson’s wonderful images out there for people to en- joy.”
l The Sunderland Museum Flickr page can be accessed at: www.flickr.com/photos/137368687@N02/albums