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English Heritage (London): English Heritage's historical archive catalogue now online

From now on the public will be able to search online a catalogue describing more than a million historical photographs and documents relating to England’s historic buildings and archaeological sites held by the National Monuments Record (NMR), English Heritage’s public archive.

The details of the wealth of historical material the archive holds – images, plans, drawings, reports and publications covering England’s archaeology, architecture, social and local history – is held on a database which can now be accessed and searched online at Until now, these searches had to be done in person at the NMR’s public search rooms in Swindon.

Using a range of search terms, users can discover whether English Heritage holds any items in its archive relevant to the topic they are interested in, mainly photos, but also including maps, plans or reports. You can even search for a type of building, like schools or churches, or for an exact address.

Each catalogue item consists of a description and users can place orders online. A small percentage of the description is illustrated. Registration is free, but customers will be charged for the documents they ordered (price varies). Alternatively, users can contact Enquiry and Research Service on 01793 414 600 or email to place an order or ask for help if they cannot find what they are looking for.

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For further press information please contact Lorraine Calvey at COI News and PR on or 0207261 8872

Notes to Editors

The London archive images available include:
Title: Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, Knightsbridge
Reference Number: CC97/01233
The front facade of the Oratory. The Oratory was built by Herbert Gribble between 1880 and 1884.
1884 – 1900
© Reproduced by permission of English Heritage.NMR

Title: Church of St Ethelburga
Reference Number: DD57/00001
The small medieval church of St Ethelburga, Bishopsgate, is sandwiched between office buildings and hidden behind an optician's shop. The church, which dates from circa 1390, was badly damaged by an IRA bomb in May 1993.
© Reproduced by permission of English Heritage.NMR

Title: Greater London
Reference Number: MF001504/21
Two market workers looking at the photographer as they relax, with crates of fruit and two other men in conversation behind
1935 – 1939
© English Heritage.NMR

Title: Croppers Card Box, Southwark, London
Reference Number: BL 20206/01
An interior view of the Card Box Factory showing female workers at work.
© Reproduced by permission of English Heritage.NMR

Title: Stair Tower, Hillingdon, Greater London
Reference Number: AA068690
The external stair tower for a block of flats built in the modern Brutalist style on an estate in Hillingdon
1968 – 1985
© English Heritage.NMR

Tenement Block, Greater London
Reference Number: AA073313
The courtyard of a slum tenement block with a row of dustbins, located near Liverpool Street Station.
1960 – 1965
© English Heritage.NMR


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