Legal and Copyright

Allen Collection


The Allen Collection belonged to the Martello Tower Museum at Pembroke Dock. We were given permission for the photographs to be made available in the current form for research and educational purposes only. The Museum was unable to provide advice and guidance about copyright. Now that the museum has closed, the whereabouts of the actual collection is unknown, and it may have been destroyed.

The project team attempted to get the consent of copyright holders to use this material. For nearly all of the photographs in the collection there is no information available to identify the copyright owner. In the few cases where names are available, a thorough search was made using telephone directories, 118 enquiries, photographic copyright directories, People Search and Google Area Search. None of the copyright owners could be traced in this way and we believe we have exhausted all reasonable avenues.

Advice was sought from many experts including the following:

  • Liverpool Merchant Navy Museum
  • Docuwatch at Reading university
  • The Royal Photographic Society
  • The National Maritime Museum
  • Photographic publishers Exeter

The consensus opinion of these authorities was that if any two of the following situations applied, we would be deemed to have taken sufficient action to avoid infringing copyright laws:

  • Reasonable efforts made to contact the copyright holder have been fruitless
  • No financial gain will be made in relation to the photos
  • The archive is used for research or educational purpose
  • A letter of comfort is obtained from present owner of photos
  • There is a proviso included stating that if offence is caused document will be removed

All the above conditions have been met and I will remove any photo if approached by anyone who can prove they own the copyright and object to the use on this website. In fact I have not had a single complaint since this material was put online in 2007.


Written Material

If you wish to use written content from this website you are welcome to do so, as long as you include an acknowledgement and a link to the source.


  • Few people object to photographs being used for research or educational purposes.
  • Photographs may not be used for any commercial purpose without the approval of the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of anyone wishing to use any photograph from this site for commercial purposes to establish the copyright position BEFORE using it.
  • If anyone can demonstrate that they own the copyright of any photograph on this site and they object to its use given the limitations stated, please contact the site owner and it will be removed.

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