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The Historic England Archive - Collection Spotlight

Bridgeman Images is proud to represent the Historic England Archive - a fascinating collection containing photographs, drawings and reportage documenting the construction of some of England's brilliant structures. Moreover, the collection's 12 million photographs, drawings, reports and publications offer an insight into England's social and political history as well as its archaeological past.

After a century of collecting, Historic England Archive holds major collections of national importance, including photographs, drawings, plans and documents. Its main focus is archaeology, architecture, social and local history, and of particular note are its extensive collections of historic and contemporary aerial photography.

Queensway Tunnel, Liverpool, 1929-1930 (photo) / Private Collection / © Historic England Archive / Bridgeman Images
Parliament Square, City of Westminster, Greater London Authority, 1953 (photo) / Private Collection / © Historic England Archive / Bridgeman Images

Historic Acquisitions


The Archive includes collections and items acquired from many different organisations, including government (like the Ministry of Works and the RAF), company archives (like John Laing plc and Woolworths) and commercial photographers (like Aerofilms, Bedford Lemere and John Gay).

Newbury Park Bus Station, Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park, Redbridge, Greater London Authority, 1952 (photo) / Private Collection / © Historic England Archive / Bridgeman Images
The Mall, City of Westminster, Greater London Authority, 1953 (photo) / Private Collection / © Historic England Archive / Bridgeman Images

Artwork, Photography and more

 

The archive actively collects both historic and contemporary material, as well as photography and artworks created by or for Historic England.  This results in an eclectic mix, covering the social history and built environment of England. Samples of all of this vast wealth of content are being made available through Bridgeman Images.

Click here to view all our content from the Historic England Archive.

Queensway Tunnel, Liverpool, 1929-1930 (photo) / Private Collection / © Historic England Archive / Bridgeman Images
Holland Park, Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London Authority, 1951 (photo), F E McWilliam at his studio in Holland Park with his sculptures
'The Four Seasons' commissioned for the South Bank Exhibition, Festival of Britain 1951 / Private Collection / © Historic England Archive / Bridgeman Images
Admiralty Arch, The Mall, City of Westminster, Greater London Authority, 1953 (photo), A horse-drawn coach, part of the coronation procession
of Queen Elizabeth II, in Parliament Square. Ministry of Works / Private Collection / © Historic England Archive / Bridgeman Images
A man guiding a piece of stonework into place on the top of the Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster, during restoration works / Private Collection / © Historic England Archive / Bridgeman Images

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