Picturing the Blitz: Images of England at War

The National Buildings Record was born in the Blitz; hurriedly created in early 1941 to photograph and document the historic fabric of England before it was lost forever. TRead more

A year of ‘Landmark Listings’: England’s history protected

We have just launched a new series on our website highlighting fascinating historic sites, as part of our celebrating 100 years of heritage protection. They are all protected and their details are held in the online National Heritage List for England, hence it is called ‘Landmark Listings’, even though it showcases all the different types of legal protection. I work in the Designation Department, leading one of the small teams that recommends to Government which buildings or archaeological sites shouldRead more

Protect and Survive: preserving Cold War heritage

In October 1962 the world stood on the brink of nuclear war. On the 14th October, United States spy planes flying over Cuba spotted sites being prepared for Soviet nuclear-armed missiles which could threaten large areas of the USA. To prevent further Soviet reinforcements, the president, John F Kennedy, ordered a naval quarantine of Cuba. How would the Soviets react? Would the United States attack Cuba?  Later, as newspapers reported the developing crisis, people on both sides of the AtlanticRead more