The “British Rock Art Collection” has vanished!

Hi Folks,

It is hard to believe that amidst natural catastrophes and political turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East, another relatively small disaster took place. On the early morning of the 8th of March, apparently someone in Wakefield pulled the plug (and trigger!) of the Fotopic server, cashed the bank accounts and is now probably ordering a cool drink on some South American beach. Fotopic hosted not only the “British Rock Art Collection  (BRAC)” and the “Worldwide Rock Art Selection (WRAS)” for about six years but thousands of other websites with over 27 million photos on-line. With over 18.000 rock art photos on-line and over half a million photo hits so far, the site was used by many rock art enthusiasts from around the world. But is was not only the photos -hundreds of them contributed by our good rock art friends- that are no longer enjoyable on the web. Stories and literary thousands of links to relevant information are gone as well. Thousands of clients trusted the company and lost all their photos what makes it double sad. The chance of a re-appearance of the site gets slimmer by the day and we foresee that we will never get a glimpse of its content again. And no one saw this coming; no warning in advance…… e-mail bounced back, telephone lines dead….. over & out!

So that was that! And although we still have our family, friends, homes, database, photos (yeah…double backed up!) and good spirit, just a bit of self-pity seems to be justified! But not for long; out-living your websites is a weird experience. We will use the time to come to see how we proceed from here. It is obvious that this Blog will get a more prominent role. There are already some reactions on Facebook. Bear with us folks!

From Gus and me all the best and keep on rocking.



10 Responses to The “British Rock Art Collection” has vanished!

  1. Cupring says:

    Dear All
    Hope you’ve all enjoyed a good seasonal break – if it ever stopped raining?
    Thought you might be interested in an update from Fotopic particularly if someone has access to Username & Password. See links below.
    Something similar happened to my personal Kodak Easyshare site recently, which is now defunct. I had an opportunity to rescue photos.
    All good wishes for 2013!!

    October 2012: Dear Fotopic Users
    It’s official!
    We are working on allowing access to for former users to download their pictures

    Login: Existing Fotopic Users:
    A facility is now available here for selected users to view and download your pictures formerly hosted on
    N.B. access is currently limited to Users whose username starts with anything up to and including: ZZZZ

  2. I appreciate, lead to I discovered just what I used to be taking a look for. You have ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

  3. darrenrhodes says:

    Hi there – I am trying to find a resource for European and/or British rock art – any pointers or anywhere I should look?? Many thanks!

  4. juamei says:

    Absolutely gutted for you guys. The data must still be on a server somewhere so hopefully someone from the company may raise their head at some point.

    In the meantime, the photo pages (minus photos but with text) are still in the google cache:

    Only the individual photo pages appear, the collections annoyingly don’t. However the photos say which collection they are in…

  5. megalithix says:

    This is bloody awful news. BRAC kicked shit out of all the official sites on rock-art for imagery and info, imho. AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!! If you start a site up again and I can help in anyway, please ask.
    All the best – Paul

  6. John Richmoind says:

    Hi Jan
    I’ve found that you can see some of the rockartuk archive (some photos) at*/
    from Sept 08/2004 – Apr 22/2006, which give page layouts, texts & links – which may be useful. It also has photo reference tags.

  7. Ian Hobson says:

    I’m gobsmacked. I can’t even begin to imagine how this must make you feel Jan.

    I there’s anything that can be of assistance, say the word.

  8. John Richmond says:

    Dear Jan & Gus
    So sorry to hear this. If there’s anything I can do to help – please let me know.
    Kind regards

  9. Paul Brown says:

    Hi Jan
    Sad news! i wondered what’s happened to the BRAC collection
    my e Mail account also disappeared at the server loosing all my contact details forcing me to
    set up a new account
    I can help to provide any missing sections
    when you reinstate the collection
    All the best Paul Brown

  10. rockrich says:

    This is really frightening Jan, considering all the hard work you’ve put into this over the years. I Hope its back online soon, or the data / imagery is it at least recoverable and transferable!

    Its when something like this happens you’ve got to wonder about the need for an official national (UK wide) accessible image archive for individual heritage collections. Whilst the NMR, HERs,Canmore etc are excellent resources for research, collections like BRAC are the primary source of imagery. The fact they take so long to build up yet gone in an instant is frightening

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