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About Historic England Archive

Historic England Archive enables anyone interested in England’s historic buildings and archaeological sites to search – free of charge – catalogue entries for over a million photographs and documents held in Historic England’s public archive.

You’ll find records of:

  • photographs from the earliest days of photography to the present day illustrating domestic, public and industrial buildings
  • detailed drawings and reports on buildings of interest because of their style or function
  • surveys of archaeological sites, such as Roman forts and medieval villages, which may survive only as earthworks or marks in vegetation

You can search the catalogue without registering, but you’ll need to register for a Heritage Passport to place an order, save records as Favourites and save your searches.  Registration is free.


You can order a copy of any item you find a record for – even if it doesn’t have an online image attached.  Just add items to your basket as you search. In your basket you’ll see a link to our price list next to each item. 

When you place an order, you’ll receive an automated confirmation email.  We’ll contact you by email within two working days to tell you the cost of your order.  If we can’t copy an item, we’ll tell you why.  There’s no online payment, we’ll send you an invoice when we’ve completed your order.