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News: 11 December 2017


Fame at last... Images of England unveiled to the nation

Images of England had its day in the spotlight on 26 September when it was launched to the press in the elegant surroundings of Wellington Arch, London. The nation's media gathered to see the stylish 'new look' website which now; we're thrilled to announce, holds over 300,000 images of listed buildings.

The event, which was hosted by English Heritage's Chief Executive, Simon Thurley, also welcomed guests from the worlds of the arts, tourism, government, family history as well as heritage.

Guests enjoying the Images of England launch

Guests enjoying the Images of England
launch included those from the worlds
of the arts, tourism, government, family history
as well as heritage

Simon Thurley made a superb speech where he talked about the project's tremendous achievement and value to future generations. He marvelled at how the site captures this beautiful country we live in and joked that you might get the impression from the images that the weather's always sunny!

Simon Thurley making a superb speech where he talked about the project's tremendous achievement

Simon Thurley making a superb
speech where he talked about
the project's tremendous achievement

Carole Souter, Director of the Heritage Lottery Fund, made the second speech and started by explaining that Images of England is the type of project the Heritage Lottery Fund was made for. Images of England's 2,200 volunteers are part of the 120,000 volunteers who've worked on HLF projects, donating more than a millennium of time, to thousands of different projects.

Following this our guests were treated to a late breakfast of smoked salmon bagels, banana pancakes and croque-monsieur. And, as an added bonus, the fine weather meant they were able to watch the Household Cavalry passing beneath the arch on their way from the Changing of the Guard from the balcony.

Household Cavalry approaching Wellington Arch

Household Cavalry passing beneath Wellington Arch

Household Cavalry
approaching
Wellington Arch
Household Cavalry
passing beneath
Wellington Arch

Over the following days Images of England made the national headlines with features appearing in The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mirror, The Metro, Guardian Unlimited and BBC News Online as well as countless regional papers and radio stations. Thousands more people across Britain and beyond have discovered the website as a result. If you are one of our newcomers we welcome you and hope you enjoy using this fantastic resource.



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