6 Amazing images taken from above

The trailblazing Aerofilms Ltd, founded on 9 May 1919, combined new technology of powered flight with aerial cinematography and photography.Read more

6 Surprising images of pre-NHS nursing

To mark 70 years since the launch of the NHS, we take a look at 6 images from our recently rediscovered medical archive.Read more

How to take a great photograph

Ahead of the launch of our photography exhibition Spirit of the North, artist and photographer John Kippin shares his top tips for creating great images (on your camera phone or otherwise).Read more

A Race Against Destruction: The Wartime Photography of Margaret Tomlinson

The National Buildings Record (NBR) was born of war, created quickly in early 1941 to photograph and document England’s historic buildings. Here we take a look at the life and work of NBR photographer Margaret Tomlinson.Read more

Dickens at Christmas: 7 places to visit around the UK

Is there any novelist more closely linked with Yuletide than Charles Dickens? His story, A Christmas Carol, was an instant hit in 1843 and helped make Christmas fashionable again. It remains hugely popular, with its perennially relevant call for greater kindness and the end of greed. It’s perhaps less well known that Dickens wrote about Christmas many times, often with radical intent, and without the sweet gloss the Carol would get from later adaptations. To help you explore what theRead more

10 Portraits of England

Our Archive collection of over 9 million images contains some of the earliest photographs ever taken, and exists as an ever growing visual diary of our built environment. If you’re new to the Archive perhaps you’ll search the name of the area you grew up in, your old school, your favourite building or ancient monument. Dive into the further reaches of it’s collections and you may be surprised what you find. Alongside images of the built environment are hundreds ofRead more

We Are London

Our exhibition I am London celebrates the capital’s unique and complex identity. 59 fascinating Londoners have been photographed in historic places that mean something to them and, in turn, show the city’s heritage is the building blocks for its future. Among well-known faces are unsung heroes, each photographed alongside a building which means something to them. We asked people to put themselves forward to be our 60th portrait sitter, by answering the same questions our other Londoners answered: what historicRead 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

10 Tips for Architectural Photography

We are often impressed by beautiful buildings but when we lift the camera (or our smartphone) to capture what it is that has impressed us, the result is often a little flat. James O. Davies gives his best tips toRead more