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Archive Collections

We hold major collections of national importance, covering archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Our collections include photographs, drawings, plans and documents.

Did you know: over a million of our records can be searched online.

  • Red boxes on a shelf labelled with Lancashire placenames, part of the Architectural Red Box Collection.

    England's Places

    Discover photos of English cities, towns and villages from the Architectural Red Box Collection.

  • Painted reconstruction of the prehistoric settlement at Grimspound, Dartmoor.

    Plans, Drawings and Documents

    Drawings, plans, documents and non-photographic collections within the public Historic England Archive.

  • Archive photograph showing the construction of Tower Bridge 1889.


    Details of our photography collections held in the public Historic England Archive.

  • A group of women on the quay at Great Yarmouth with herring boats beyond.

    Archive History

    Find out about the history of the Historic England Archive (formerly the National Monuments Record).

  • A sailor looks through a telescope while another man holds his binoculars, both sitting on a costal headland.

    Archive Mysteries

    Can you help us identify the subject of these historic photos?

  • Colour photograph of Castlerigg Stone Circle with snow on Cumbrian Fells.


    Find out about how we acquire new archive collections and how you can help contribute.