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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…

  • 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.

    Acquisitions

    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.

    Interesting Images

    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.

Also of interest...

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