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BBC Turn Back Time Admin ADMIN November 11, 2010
Welcome to BBC Turn Back Time - celebrating the changing face of the British high street. If you do add photos, it would be great if you could include a bit of information about the high street - and any memories you might have of how it used to be.
Find out more about Turn Back Time: The High Street on BBC One

Group Description

This Flickr group is about celebrating how the British high street has changed from Victorian times right through to the modern day.

We’re looking for your ‘photos in photos’ showing how your local high street has changed – whether it’s in the last year or over the last 100 years. So dig out your old family photos – or go along to your local library photo archive – and get involved.

We just ask that you make sure that you have the permission to use the original photo. Please read our Group Rules for full details.

Please tag your photos according to the location, so that we can start to build up a picture of how the high street has changed right across the UK. If you geotag them we’ll also be able to build up a Turn Back Time map.

About Turn Back Time on TV:

Turn Back Time – The High Street is a new six part series on BBC One. A parade of empty shops and a group of shop keeping families will be transported back to the birth of the high street in the 1870s, before being propelled through a century of dizzying change, right up to the modern era and the 1970s.
The families' lives are turned upside down as they get to grips with how shopkeepers lived and worked in six key eras of British history. Overseen by a Chamber of Commerce which enforces historically accurate rules and regulations, the families have to deal with whatever history throws at them.
Turn Back Time – The High Street is part of the BBC Hands on History campaign. If you’d like to find events and days out near where you live or download family activities, visit the Hands on History website.

Other High Street History Groups:

Here are some other Flickr groups that you might like (please let us know if you’d like to suggest others):

Looking into the Past
Past and Present
Ghost Signs

There is also a high street history project on History Pin - collecting images and stories of high streets through the ages. Find out more on

You might also be interested in the BBC's Scotland's Landscape rephotography project, which uses archive photos alongside recent shots, to compare the changing landscape of Scotland.

For more information about BBC Turn Back Time or Hands on History, go to:

Group Rules

1 - Please only submit photos that are relevant to this Flickr group. This means that it is a picture of a current high street containing an old picture (at least a year old) of the same high street.

2 - You don’t have to be a UK resident to add your photo but your photo must have been taken in the UK to be in keeping with the group.

3 - Please check that you have the right to use your photo. You may need to seek the consent of people who appear in the photo. You’ll also need to check the copyright situation regarding your photo: if it was taken by someone else, they may have the copyright, which means that you may not be able to use it without their permission. This applies to photos, postcards, pictures from newspapers, magazines and books and so on. By posting a picture taken by someone else to this Flickr stream, you are confirming that you have permission to do this. Copyright usually expires 70 years from the death of the photographer, but different copyright rules will apply to photos taken before 1998 depending upon the specific situation, so please check before posting.

3 - By submitting a photo to this Flickr group, you are confirming that you understand and agree that your photo may appear on (only in connection with the BBC Turn Back Time Flickr group) while your content is in the Flickr group. We will always credit your photo and link back to your original on Flickr. The copyright will remain yours. Please check the BBC's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Posting your photo to this group confirms that you have agreed to these policies.

4 - By submitting a photo to this Flickr group, you are confirming that you consent to the BBC contacting you through FlickrMail regarding any request the BBC might have related to obtaining permission from you to use your photo for purposes, other than that of the group on For example we may wish to showcase some of the photos from the group on Turn Back Time on BBC TV. If the BBC wants to use your photo in this way, we’ll contact you through FlickrMail to obtain your permission and to check your preferred photo credit.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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