Women Photographers in the Historic England Archive
Discover the women photographers whose work enriches the collections of the Historic England Archive.
Inspired by the centenary of women first getting the vote in 1918, we want to make the women photographers who have recorded our historic environment more well-known, and their photography more widely accessible. Featured here is a selection from our collections.
The Historic England Archive collections include work produced by a wide variety of women who pursued photography for diverse motivations.
The Historic England Archive’s earliest known photograph by a woman was taken in 1864.
Alice’s photographs are an excellent record of rural and village life in the last years of the 19th century.
Margaret achieved a number of milestones for women in the field of photography.
Eileen documented disappearing industries and threatened architecture in the 1960s and 1970s.
Margaret documented buildings threatened by destruction during the Second World War.
Ethel’s photographs from the 1940s to the 1960s record church architecture and picturesque villages.
Ursula’s high-quality photographs were used to illustrate a number of books on architecture.
Marjory’s photographs from the 1920s to the 1950s focus on church architecture and ruined monasteries.
Katherine’s photographs record life in London in the early 20th century, and rural pastimes and crafts.
Mary’s small collection records historic buildings, monuments and picturesque villages.
Pat has worked for the Historic England Archive for nearly 40 years shooting a wide variety of buildings across the Midlands and southern counties.