Research Your Heritage

Church of St John the Baptist 079189 © Mr R G Norton

Ever wondered about where your family used to live, what your street looked like in years gone by, or how your city town or village has changed over time?

If you're studying family or local history, or interested in the past, our photographs and records can help.  The English Heritage Archive contains over 12 million photos, plans, drawings, reports and records covering England's archaeology, architecture, social and local history.  Make the most of our excellent range of resources below to help you discover more about your past.

Heritage List

Details of all nationally protected historic places in England from buildings to battlefields are now available online.

Search the Heritage List


Search over 90,000 historic and architectural images dating back to the 1850s. Includes collections by famous photographers such as John Gay and Bedford Lemere & Co.

Visit the Viewfinder website

Images of England

Photographs and descriptions of over 323,000 listed buildings, taken mainly between 1999-2005. Only buildings listed in February 2001 are included.

Visit the Images of England website


Find records of English archaeological, architectural and maritime sites, including brief descriptions of excavations, grid references, research sources and pictures. 

Visit Pastscape website

Heritage Gateway

Get access to 1.5m historic environment records held by many English local authorities.  These can  be cross-search against other major English architectural and archaeological datasets.

Heritage Gateway Website

English Heritage Archive

Search 1 million catalogue entries of old photographs, plans and drawings of historic English buildings and sites. 

Visit the English Heritage Archive