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.

You can use our collections to:

  • Find out about your home's history
  • Learn about your local area
  • Research individual buildings and archaeological sites
  • Discover England's changing urban and rural landscape
  • 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).

  • Colour aerial photograph of Glastonbury Tor 2009

    Aerial Photos

    Our collection of aerial photographs contains over 4 million images, covering the whole of England.

  • Archive sepia image showing a river with two bridges and a city beyond.

    Early Photographic Prints

    A diverse collection of 22,000 prints has just been made available.

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