VIDEO: Ernie’s 40-year photo ‘treasure trove’ of Boston forms new digital archive

Thousands of photos of Bostonians captured on camera across the decades by one man - have now been turned into a digital archive.

Ex Boston Standard photographer, the late Ernie Robinson, took the snaps in and around Boston over the past 40 years, and now a huge number of them are on display at the borough council’s offices in West Street.

Mayoress Pam Kenny, Mayor Coun Paul Kenny, John Shaw, Ernie's relatives Barbara Jessop, Terry Wilson, June Wilson and Simon Robinson.

Mayoress Pam Kenny, Mayor Coun Paul Kenny, John Shaw, Ernie's relatives Barbara Jessop, Terry Wilson, June Wilson and Simon Robinson.

Mr Robinson’s enthusiasm and a prolific freelance photographer enabled him to capture a social history of Boston dating back to the 1970s.

He died in 2011, aged 69, and it was while clearing his home that his relatives discovered his treasure trove of photos and negatives.

They were handed to the council and about 1,000 were painstakingly scanned and digitised by volunteer John Shaw.

Speaking at the switch-on of the digital archive, his sisters Barbara Jessop and June Wilson said their brother would have been proud to see his work still being appreciated today.

“He loved it, he was forever taking photos, even outside of his job,” said June. “He would have been absolutely amazed and proud to see all this today.”

Barbara added: “He was a real character and a real free spirit and that comes across in his photos.”

The Ernie Robinson Collection is now on display on a screen in the atrium area at the Municipal Buildings.