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Images & Books

We hold an outstanding range of photographs, plans and drawings in our public archive, covering the historic environment of England. We also publish books on a wide variety of subjects to help you understand, value, care for and enjoy your historic environment.

In this section you can:

  • Find out more about the Historic England Archive
  • Search the Archive's collections online
  • Find out more about Historic England's book publishing
  • Search our publications online
  • Find out about our periodicals

  • Archive photo of sunlight breaking through clouds and lighting Gloucester cathedral.

    Find Photos

    Browse or buy thousands of historic and modern photographs from our image websites and archive services.

  • Black and white image of a man viewed head-on lying flat on the grass, engrossed in a book.

    Search All Publications

    Search our wide range of publications including books, periodicals and guidance documents.

  • Anthony Gormley statue in flooded crypt interior, Winchester Cathedral

    Buy Books

    Visit the Historic England online bookshop for books that help people to understand, value, care for and enjoy the historic environment.

  • Archive photograph of Greenwich College from across the River Thames with barges on the river.

    The Historic England Archive

    We hold over 12 million photographs, drawings, reports and publications from the 1850s to the present day in our Archive.

  • 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.

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