Less than a quarter of Brits display photos at home, new research from Ancestry reveals


21 April 2022
The findings come as Ancestry calls upon the nation to submit their family photos to The Nation’s Family Album – a search for undiscovered portraits of everyday British people.

With the family portrait once holding prime position in the home, only 13% of Brits currently hang their family photos on their walls and one in ten display them elsewhere, such as on shelves or mantlepieces. Others store their family images digitally, either on their smartphone or their computer. 

 Despite one in 10  admitting to not having any photos of their family on show, more than a third say they want more family photos, rising to 45% amongst those aged 18 to 34.

The Nation's Family Album

Over 1,000 family photos have been submitted to The Nation’s Family Album so far, with entrants in with the chance of having their family images and stories included in a digital exhibition, as well as being displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London once it reopens in 2023. 

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Two esteemed judges will be joining the panel of experts shortlisting the portraits that best encapsulate the project’s themes of:

  • Belonging
  • Legacy
  • Connection & Identity

They are: Royal and family portrait photographer, Millie Pilkington and baritone Peter Brathwaite - renowned for his series of photographs, Rediscovering Black Portraiture. National Portrait Gallery’s Chief Curator, Dr Alison Smith, and family history expert Simon Pearce from Ancestry will make up the rest of the judging panel. 

Everyone in the UK is invited to upload their favourite family images to The Nation’s Family Album by 30 June 2022. For more information about how to submit your family photographs, and entry terms & conditions, visit Ancestry.