John Laing Collection: Breaking New Ground
Breaking New Ground is a 21-month project to digitise and explore the John Laing Photographic Collection.
The John Laing plc building company profoundly shaped post-war Britain. They built outstanding sites of worship like Coventry Cathedral, some of the country’s first motorways, including the M1, the Barbican and buildings which housed pioneering forms of technology such as Berkeley Nuclear Power Station.
Historic England holds Laing’s photographic collection of around 230,000 images. Breaking New Ground is a project that will digitise, conserve, catalogue and make accessible 10,000 images from this incredible collection of social history.
Nationwide outreach and community engagement
Breaking New Ground will also include:
- Nationwide public engagement - former Laing employees will share their experiences with local schoolchildren using the collection’s photographs as talking points
- Creating education materials for schools - to help teachers engage their pupils with the Historic England Archive and the history of their local buildings
- A short film called ‘Making modern Britain’ - which will explore the collection and the stories behind the images