Incredible images from the unparalleled – and mostly untapped - archive at Historic England, an archive of English history, people, and places, are being made available to the public for the first time.
From Edwardian shooting parties captured in all their finery to Blitzed churches, Picturing England is an revealing journey through 150 years of English history via beautifully-preserved photographs.
More than 300 images illustrate the changing appearance of English buildings, landscapes, and people, all the while revealing how the method, subject matter and purpose of photography has dramatically evolved over time.
Picturing Englandpinpoints crucial turning points in the history of photography, demonstrating how inventions such as the picture postcard, the handheld camera and the aeroplane changed the medium forever. It also provides an intimate insight into lost social worlds: from mischievous Victorian family photo albums to labourers working on the 1920 restoration of Stonehenge.
To tie in with publication of Picturing England, a free exhibition of the images from will run until 21 September at The Library of Birmingham.
Picturing England, The photographic collections of Historic England by Mike Evans, Gary Winter & Anne Woodward is £45