8 Historic London Shopfronts

London streets are lined with colourful shops, clamouring for our attention. Many are of considerable age, and have survived for our enjoyment only through careful maintenance by generations of shopkeepers. Kathryn Morrison, Head of Historic Places Investigation, selects eight shopfronts that can be appreciated by anyone strolling along the pavements of London, and offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history as one of the world’s most exciting shopping centres. Presented chronologically, these shopfronts show how our shopping streets haveRead more

The Hidden History of Apethorpe

The great country house of Apethorpe in Northamptonshire was sadly dilapidated in 2004, when English Heritage (now Historic England) began a programme of urgent repairs. As work progressed, many exciting discoveries were made underneath floorboards, behind modern wall surfaces, inside ancient roofs, or hiding in plain sight. Every single finding, no matter how small, deepened our understanding of the property and its illustrious owners.Read more

Ballooning in Bowler Hats: Early Images From Victorian Skies

We have recently acquired the earliest surviving aerial images of England, discovered last year at a car boot sale. They were taken between 1882 and 1892 from a balloon by photographer and balloonistRead more

9 Inspirational Settings for World Book Day

This morning, thousands of Harry Potters, Peppa Pigs and Matildas were dispatched to schools around the country to mark World Book Day.Read more

Golden Touch: 6 Buildings that deserve an Oscar

The Oscars are one of the entertainment world’s longest standing traditions. First broadcast to radio in 1930 and televised in 1953, winning an Oscar is one of the highest accolades of cinematic achievements that can be awarded to the film industry. Over the years, English architecture has been the backdrop to many major productions. Here are six of our favourite locations which have featured in Oscar winning films:Read more

5 Magnificent English Mosques

Here we highlight five buildings that reveal the fascinating history and variety of mosques in England.Read more

A Brief Introduction to Boston: the Making of a Market Town

Boston, Lincolnshire, didn’t just give its name to Boston, Massachusetts in the USA: many of its most prominent citizens actually left to become leaders in the new settlement.Read more

A Brief Introduction to… Castles of Legend

Castles were never just defensive structures. They were also centres of administration and justice, but above all they were the power bases and homes of the feudal elite.Read more