The first skyscraper: Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

A rare survival from a dramatic stage in the Industrial Revolution, Shrewsbury Flaxmill was built during a period of innovation and social upheaval.Read more

A spotter’s guide to Victorian architecture

Named for the 63 year reign of Queen Victoria, the era 1837 – 1901 inspired unprecedented social, intellectual and technological change.Read more

8 ways Yorkshire has changed the world

In the 19th and 20th centuries many of the biggest social and political changes originated or gained unstoppable momentum in Yorkshire.Read more

How to lay out a garden: the legacy of Edward Kemp (1817 -1891)

Edward Kemp was one of the most prolific and influential landscape designers of the Victorian era. Read more

On the Beach

The first August Bank Holiday in 1872 prompted an exodus of people from England’s cities to the seaside, including to Hastings where the new pier opened on that day. And each year since, except during the wars, millions have followed them. Historic England’s beach bum, sorry seaside expert, Allan Brodie looks through our archive to illustrate how beach holidays have changed over the centuries. The recorded story of days on the beach begins in the early 18th century. In theRead more