If you have any photographs, cine film, VHS tapes or memorabilia that you would like to donate to Darwen Days, thank you so much! It’s the kind donations that help us to preserve Darwen’s history for the future generations.

To donate photographs is very easy- you can upload them directly onto our site using the menu on the left- we accept jpeg and png image files, but not bmp (bitmap)- if you have some photographs you would like to donate in that format, please attach them to an email and send it directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will convert them at our end. For those of you confident with computers, it’s very helpful to us if you rename the images with the content- ie, your name, and any details you have about the photo, such as the year it was taken. Remember not to use any punctuation such as back slashes or full stops when you are renaming the image, as it will not upload. simply add your name (as you are the person donating the photo graph), the year it was taken if you know it and any other details. If you’re a little technophobic, there are step-by-step directions for uploading your photographs to Darwen Days here.

Once your photographs are uploaded onto our server, a member of the website team then processes them- changing the size and tagging the image so it can easily be located by yourself and anyone else on the Darwen Days’ search engine. This can sometimes take a couple of weeks as Darwen Days is staffed entirely by volunteers who all have full-time jobs, so please be patient. If you’d like us to notify you when your donated photographs are on our site, please let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.

If you have some old VHS footage you would like to donate to Darwen Days, we have the equipment to transfer it onto a computer where it can then be cut, edited and archived on our Youtube channel. Dependent on the amount of tapes you have, this can take between one week and a month, and we can collect tapes from you locally before returning them once we’ve taken copies. If you would like us to provide you with a digital copy of your own VHS footage too, that’s no problem- it’s a thanks from us to you for donating to our archives. We can burn your footage onto DVDs which we will provide when we return your VHS tapes.

If you have cine film footage that you would like to donate to Darwen Days- thank you! We’re very grateful! Because Darwen Days is a non-profit historical resource, converting cine film footage relies on any funds that we have accrued to pay for an outside agency to perform the conversion for us. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of what you’d like to donate, and we will be able to advise you further.

A catch-all term for anything Darwen related, we love it when people are willing to donate objects to our rapidly growing collection; from tram tickets to school ties, theatre posters to postcards anything that can help us show the younger generations our much-loved town through the ages. If you want to retain ownership of an item, we now have the facilities to take photographs or digital scans of it and return it to you, so others’ can enjoy the item without it leaving your possession.

When you donate photographs, film or memorabilia to us, the copyright will always be yours. This is why we take your details and ask you to change the name of any images that you upload to our site- we always give credit where credit is due! All of the images on Darwen Days have been watermarked to prevent theft, and someone contacts us to use an image that belongs to you, we will always contact you first before proceeding further.

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