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What's New in the Archive?

Our Archive contains millions of photos illustrating England's archaeology, historic buildings and social history, both from the ground and from the air.

We've been collecting for a long time and we're working hard to make it all available. Here's what we've been up to recently…

  • Archive black and white photograph of a group of schoolboys in the street between a brick building and a flint and stone medieval gatehouse, with a church tower in the background.

    Marshall Keene and Co

    Photos of 1920s and 1930s schools, hospitals and religious buildings from a collection that we've just finished cataloguing.

  • Black and white archive photograph of a busy street scene.

    LMS Collection

    Historic England Archive has conserved, digitised and catalogued 1,600 glass plate negatives of the London Midland and Scottish Railway Collection.

  • A hand-coloured decorative slide showing an engraving of French aeronauts Jules and Caroline Durouf being rescued  after their balloon landed in the North Sea.

    The Shadbolt Collection

    We recently acquired the earliest surviving aerial images of England taken by photographer and balloonist Cecil Shadbolt between 1882-1892.

  • Arcive coloured photo of a Cathedral with a spire behind trees.

    Lichfield in Colour 1869

    Rediscovered - the earliest colour photos in the Historic England Archive.

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


    Find out how we decide which collections to take in and also how you could contribute to the Archive.

  • Black and white photograph of two men with a horse-drawn ballast cart in the sea heading for a beach lined with houses.

    Recent Discoveries

    As we work through Archive collections we discover some amazing sights...

  • Archive sepia photograph looking across a wide paved space with houses and shops both on the far side and lining a road leading away to the left. People in period costume, mostly children, are standing looking to camera.

    Small Collections

    A variety of small but interesting collections from the 1860s have been catalogued recently.

  • Line-drawn archive illustration showing a windmill, a river and a church tower

    Harper Collection

    A collection of 1,100 drawings made by C G Harper to illustrate his travel books have recently been catalogued.

Also of interest...


An antique dial phone on a shelf
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