Series: Ministry of Works negatives

1900 - 1945
Series containing Photographic material
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The series contains over 50,000 black and white file and glass negatives taken by the Ministry of Works between about 1900 and 1945.

They show: what are now English Heritage properties: UK Government buildings and construction projects; and other historic buildings. The negatives have a letter prefix that relates to the first letter of a site name of a subject.

Photographic prints of many of the images are available in the 'Blue Albums' (OWS01/01) and other series of prints such as those of bomb damaged buildings (OWS01/17).

A card index is available.

Archival History

This series forms part of the wider holdings of English Heritage's predecessor material. The series of negatives was transferred to NMR in 1999 from the English Heritage photographic Library. The negatives are housed within thier original brown MPBW envelopes and are ordered alphabetically, by site.


This is part of the Collection: OWS01 Office of Works and Successors: Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings

This Series is divided into 397 Child Records
This Series contains the following materials:
Photograph (Negative): 50,000
Photograph (Negative): 5,000
Photograph (Print): 2,000
Photograph (Print): 1,000


Source: Historic England Archive