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Summer scenes from our photography collection

As temperatures hit a record high for the year here in Bradford (and everywhere else in the UK), our thoughts have turned to the lazy, hazy days of summer.

We’ve delved into our collection to bring you some fabulous visual representations of the hottest season, from the 19th century to the swinging 60s.

Victorian beach scenes, countryside picnics and 1950s sundresses—lie back and relax as we celebrate some of the sunniest summer images from our collection.

Woman in a yellow swimsuit
‘Woman in a yellow swimsuit’ c.1960, Zoltan Glass. © Science Museum Group collection
Under Canvas
‘Under Canvas’ 1938, George W. Roper. © Science Museum Group collection
Holiday Joys on the Beach
‘Holiday Joys on the Beach’ 1937, Saidman, Daily Herald. © Science Museum Group collection
View of a pier
‘View of a pier’ c.1900, unknown photographer. © Science Museum Group collection
Woman by a sundial
‘Woman by a sundial’ c.1955, unknown photographer. © Science Museum Group collection
River Girls at Sunbury-on-Thames
‘River Girls at Sunbury-on-Thames’ 1932, Leslie Cardew. © Science Museum Group collection
Picnic by the Sea
‘Picnic by the Sea’ 1939, Studio Lisa. © Science Museum Group collection
Woman in a boat
‘Woman in a boat’ c.1960, unknown photographer. © Science Museum Group collection
Scenes at the Serpentine Lido
‘Scenes at the Serpentine Lido’ 1935, George Woodbine. © Science Museum Group collection
Strawberries
‘Strawberries’ c.1950, unknown photographer. © Science Museum Group collection
A Picnic on the Beach
‘A Picnic on the Beach’ 1899, Edgar Tarry Adams. © Science Museum Group collection
Woman picking apples
‘Woman picking apples’ c.1938, unknown photographer. © Science Museum Group collection
Children paddling in the sea
‘Children paddling in the sea’ c.1890, unknown photographer. © Science Museum Group collection
Boy looking into a garden pond
‘Boy looking into a garden pond’ c.1930, unknown photographer. © Science Museum Group collection
Family with car and picnic
‘Family with car and picnic’ c.1935, unknown photographer. © Science Museum Group collection
Paris
‘Paris’ 1937, unknown photographer. © Science Museum Group collection
Flowers
‘Flowers’ c.1930, unknown photographer. © Science Museum Group collection
Pauline in the Dinghy
‘Pauline in the Dinghy’ 1899, Edgar Tarry Adams. © Science Museum Group collection

If you’d like some summer scenes to adorn your walls, take a look at this range of summer-themed prints available from the Science & Society Picture Library. (And as the weather is bound to turn sooner or later, there’s also an accompanying set of rainy scenes…)

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