The Secret War: Resistance in Britain During the Second World War

Britain’s war against Germany and her allies in the Second World War was not confined to the battlefields.Read more

9 places that tell the story of the Royal Air Force

Some of our most important listed structures help to illustrate the key achievements of the RAF during the twentieth century. 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

5 Extraordinary Listings in 2016

Listing is the act of identifying the most important parts of our heritage so they can receive special protection. We celebrate their significance, and make sure that our history can be enjoyed by present and future generations. Over 1,000 places have been granted protection through listing in 2016. Here are five that represent the diverse nature of our historic environment and captured the heart of the nation: Punk History Numbers 6 & 7 Denmark Street are two of just eightRead more

6 Sites of Memory for Overseas War Heroes

The First and Second World Wars were truly global in scale and involvement. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers died supporting the British army, including troops from the colonies, and European countries that had been invaded by enemy forces. Here are 6 sites in England which pay homage to the enormous contribution made by foreign soldiers during the First and Second World Wars. Header image: No. 305 Polish Bomber Squadron taken in 1942 at RAF Cammeringham in Lincolnshire. 1. The Polish War Memorial, Hillingdon, Grade IIRead more

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

70 Years On: The Remains of Operation Neptune

This year is the 70th anniversary of D-day, which began on 6th June 1944. As part of the commemoration English Heritage is conducting a review of the remains of Operation Neptune, the cross-Channel assault phase of the invasion Operation Overlord. Planning for the invasion and the liberation of Europe began as early as 1942 and Operation Neptune was placed under the command of Admiral Bertram Ramsey, who had played a large part in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk in 1940. TheRead more