Carry Out Your Own Research: How to Search Databases

The public Historic England Archive holds over 12 million records, photographs, plans and documents. If you're trying to find out more about Women's History in general, or about buildings or places linked to women, then we may have resources of interest to you.

Using the example of Florence Nightingale, we will show you just how much you can find out about women's history online.

Images of England

This website contains over 320,000 contemporary colour photographs of England's listed buildings. So if you know of a listed building linked to a particular woman we may have an image of it together with the listing record. 

Alternatively you can search by the name of the person you're researching to see if there are any links to a building you didn't already know about.

Or you can use the site to search through images linked to a particular place or time in history, to help build up a picture of a specific time or location.

How to search Images of England Website


This website holds over 90,000 historic photographs from the 1850s up to the present day.

How to search the ViewFinder Website


Enables you to search 400,000 records of England's archaeological and architectural heritage.  These records include building descriptions, images and maps if available, as well as details of investigations. 

How to search the PastScape Website

Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale 


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