Since 2014, the Esquimalt Municipal Archives has digitized 3, 600 images including photographs, postcards, posters, maps, letters and certificates. Increasing online access to historical images not only helps to tell the story of Esquimalt over the last 150 years but also to preserve them digitally. This initiative has received generous financial support from the Irvine K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia through their History Digitization Program. The image bank, which makes our province’s history freely accessible online, will be of interest not only to local residents and the general public, but also to authors, educators, students, researchers and historians.
The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalogue records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Tudor House will return records associated with Tudor OR House). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. To search for a specific phrase, be sure to put the phrase within quotes (e.g. "Lampson Street School"). You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for histor* would come up with records containing history, histories, historical, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.
The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. For example, searching White in the People field will bring up any records associated with a member of the White family, without having to sift through black & white photographs. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.
Once you have found your desired record, you can use the Search Term function to view its associated records. Click on one of the search terms listed in the record to see other records sharing the same characteristics, in either the photo, archive, or object category. For example, clicking Ships will pull up all records showing ships and vessels. If you click the more specific search term Ship - HMS Esquimalt it will only show records associated with HMS Esquimalt.
The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.