It will take time to trawl through the contents. So far, all I know is that the family in these pictures lived in a council house in Manchester. They may also have had an Irish connection, as there are lots of photos of rugged scenery and priests:
This photo would be entirely unremarkable, if it wasn't for the fact that the man looks as he is emerging from a hole in the ground.
It's a novelty to see anyone on a scooter these days, particularly an older woman. But in my childhood, I remember several local mums and grannies beeping at me as they whizzed past, with several bags of shopping precariously balanced at the back.
An idyllic scene. Would a scooter holiday be feasible on today's congested roads, with juggernauts and 4x4s rushing past?
I'm fairly certain that the seagull-assaulting scooterist is an older incarnation of the girl of the middle.
I had no idea that flat caps were so big in the north - literally. In my family photos, even the poorest men usually wore hats, but caps were obviously de rigeur in this part of the world.
I rather like this woman's tea cosy-style hat (I shall refrain from passing comment about anyone else in the picture).
The caravan holiday: outdoor loos, gas lighting and a communal water pump. A far cry from today's caravans, with their en suite bedrooms, satellite televisions and electric ovens.
There are many photos of holidays in the British Isles, but also a few from more exotic locations like Gozo:
Out of the hundreds of black and white photos in the collection, this one stood out: a lovely portrait, beautifully lit and composed.
I though that rowing was supposed to be a pleasurable activity, but the grim expressions on these people's faces suggests that they've just had a terrible row (as in rhymes with cow).
These photos could end up being the visual equivalent of Derek's diaries - there are several boxes worth, including a number of letters. As usual, they were almost thrown in the skip. Many of the pictures are quite commonplace, but as I hope this selection has shown, even the most ordinary lives have something remarkable about them.