How to Recreate an Archive Photograph

Carrie Marks, Imaging Technician Trainee for our John Laing Breaking New Ground project, decided to re-shoot some of the old photographs in the collection to highlight how the buildings have changed (or not) over time.Read more

The Battle of Britain: 80 Years On

In early summer 1940 the country had been seriously weakened following the evacuation from Dunkirk of the core of its professional army, the British Expeditionary Force, leaving the country alone in the fight against Hitler.Read more

9 Ancient Roman Ruins You Need to Visit

Remains of Roman Britain can be found everywhere, from walls left in our cities to forts and villas in the countryside. Read more

5 of the Best Bingo Halls in England (That Used to be Cinemas)

The passing of the 1960 Gaming Act allowed Bingo to come to the rescue of some of the finest pre- and post-war buildings in England.Read more

Fun in the Sun: 20 Amazing Archive Images of Post-war Britain

Breaking New Ground is a pioneering 21-month project to digitise 10,000 images from the John Laing Photographic Collection.Read more

7 of the Best Post-war Parks, Gardens and Landscapes in England

Many post-war gardens demonstrate incredible thought and care for the people who would use them, while others mark significant turning points in the history of English gardening.Read more

Where to Find Ancient Prehistoric Sites in England

You might know the world famous site of Stonehenge, but prehistoric monuments and sites can be found all over England.Read more

10 Places That Tell the Story of the Mayflower

2020 sees the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. Here are nine places that tell the Mayflower story.Read more

6 Places That Tell Stories of the St Ives Art Scene

During the 1950’s, many of Britain’s leading artists congregated to St Ives. We dive into 6 places that help to tell the story of its famous modern art scene.Read more