This browser is not fully supported by Historic England.

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.

    Be an Archive Detective

    Can you help us solve these Archive mysteries? Please send us your clues or answers as to the subject of these historic photos.