Special Projects

Specialist imaging service for historians, genealogists, authors, clubs and societies

Here at Image Restore, I am passionate about restoring and preserving old images for future generations to enjoy. I welcome the opportunity to work with other professionals and specialists who share that passion. This is especially true when that collaboration serves to shed light on the story behind a particular photo, or when restored images are used to inspire contemporary audiences by illustrating unique moments from history. Discover examples of some of the special projects I have collaborated on below and please get in touch if you need assistance with a special project of your own and require my specialist imaging service.

Authors and Publishers

Book covers and illustrations

Are you looking to illustrate a biography, historical novel, or work of reference with period photos? I have worked with numerous authors and publishers to restore old images for book covers or interior illustrations and convert them to high-quality print-ready digital files. Fast turnaround times, an obsessive attention to detail, and a deep understanding of the constraints of print publishing mean that I can provide you with high impact images in the correct style to fit your specific requirements.

Two examples of such projects include Vintage Circus posters for Bertram Mills Circus and the Life and times of Paediatrician Dr Herbert Barrie.

Enthusiasts and Nostalgists

Ambient Images

Ambient Images — colourized photos combined with immersive soundscapes and subtle animation effects — can transform old photos into a powerful sensory experience. I combine historically accurate colours with carefully researched sound effects and subtle pan and zoom camera movements to transport the viewer back through time and draw them into the scene in an almost cinematic fashion. If you are looking for an original gift for a die-hard nostalgist in your life, or to add a special touch to a museum exhibit or other creative project, don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your ideas.


Extreme Scanning

The scanning and digitizing of originals is one of the most crucial steps for ensuring a good quality digital restoration. Certain projects, particularly those involving fragile or precious original images, can present their own special set of challenges. For one recent project, I was asked to scan a 49-inch (124cm) painting of Admiral Vernon, on loan from the Royal Navy, Gunn Wharf Quays, Portsmouth. If you are struggling with extreme scanning challenges of your own, please get in touch to see if I can help.


Archives and Photographic Artifacts

I have worked alongside numerous archivists and researchers. Restoring archival images can aid with fact-finding and clarify historical details – whether to facilitate further analysis, or prepare images for publication or public exhibit.

Get in touch today if you need a helping hand with your research.


Museums and Education Centres

Historical Exhibits and Education Materials

Historic anniversaries and milestones offer a great opportunity to capture the public imagination and educate contemporary audiences about significant moments in history. For example, to mark the recent centenary of the R34 British Dirigible’ Transatlantic Flight, I restored and painstakingly colourized several 100-year old black and white photos. I worked with numerous history buffs and aviation specialists to ensure my colouring of the images was historically correct. The final images were displayed at the Diss Museum and The Pennoyer Centre and also used to illustrate a virtual-reality 3D-model replica of the R34 Dirigible as part of the museum’s interactive educational exhibit. 

Clubs and Societies

Preserving Sporting Archives

Digital photo restoration can help preserve fragile photographic archives by creating high-quality replicas that can be displayed in public with no risk of damage or further decay to the original images. On a recent project, I worked with the Surrey Football Association to restore several of their historic images. The restoration process revealed a rare photographic secret. Read my blog post Powder flash in action for more details.