One of the largest photographic archives in the country, Historic England holds over 9 million photographs of the historic environment. Our photos also show many other aspects of life, from education and employment to leisure and transport.

The photos in the Archive date from the 1850s onwards. Some of the highlights include:

  • Country house photo albums by anonymous amateurs
  • Famous photographers, including work by Bill Brandt and Roger Fenton
  • Pioneering architectural photographers like Bedford Lemere and Company
  • Commercial photographers, such as Millar and Harris, John Gay and Eric de Mare
  • Thames Valley views by Henry Taunt
  • Survey photography going back 90 years, recording places from tiny cottages and workers’ houses to power stations and tower blocks

Specialist collections explore specific topics and themes from windmills and stationary steam engines to postcards of public parks. The pages below are a window on to the treasure trove of extraordinary images you can explore online.

Stories from the archive

Regional and local collections


Archive Customer Services

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