Up until the later years of the Royal Albert, and similar institutions, it was very difficult for those living there to have private possessions. The survival of a personal photograph, probably from the 1960s, in the possession of a former resident is unusual. The crease perhaps suggests that it was cherished and hidden from view for many years?
Also, often photographs of those who lived in any of the long-stay institutions are linked to special occasions. It is rare to come across images such as the one here which appear to be fairly ordinary and everyday. Although, most of the men in the image, including Walter Megson (who owned the image), look to be wearing suits, so perhaps they are walking to or from an ‘event’.