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Frequently asked questions

The Images of England project

Q. What is Images of England? A: Images of England is a photographic record of every listed building in England. Created as a snap shot of listed buildings at the turn of the millennium, the website displays photographs of the exterior of listed buildings which were taken by volunteers between 1999 and 2008, alongside List Descriptions from February 2001. For up to date List Descriptions, see the National Heritage List for England.

Q. How was Images of England funded?
A: The project was funded by English Heritage (now Historic England) and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Q. What is a Listed Building?
A: Listed Buildings are buildings which are designated as being of special architectural or historic interest. You can find out more about Listed Buildings on our Historic England website.

Q. What is a List Description?
A: Details of Listed Buildings are published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). These lists are public documents. They include the address of the listed building and a description of the building, with details of its history, appearance and significance. The current list can be found at the Heritage List for England.

Q. What type of photographs were taken?
A: All photographs were taken from publicly accessible land unless permission was granted to photograph from private land. Each photograph captures the exterior of the building, showing as far as possible its architectural character, historical function and context.

Q. I have a collection of architectural photographs - would they be of any use to you?
A: The Historic England Archive continues to grow. We are particularly interested in collections which are national in scope or focus on a particular type of building. If you have records which you think we might be interested in and would like to discuss this possibility further please email the Acquisitions Officer ian.leith@english-heritage.org.uk with details of the records and we’ll get in touch.

Q. Why are some records showing 'no image available'?
A: There can be a number of reasons why there is ‘no image available’; the building may no longer exist or, perhaps, cannot be found, or it may be that the listed building or structure was on private land and permission was not granted for photography to take place. In some cases the photograph taken may not have passed the quality assurance process to be included on the website.

Q. Do the historic buildings of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have a similar on-line photographic library?
A: There’s no direct parallel to Images of England in these countries but to find out more about similar initiatives please contact the following organizations:

  • The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments in Scotland (RCAHMS)
  • Historic Scotland
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW)
  • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments
  • Environment and Heritage Service, Northern Ireland

Q. Why do I need to register to carry out an Advanced Search?
A: We ask you to register so that we can monitor how the data on our website is used.

Q. Will the website be updated to include new Listed Buildings?
A: No – the website is a point-in-time record of Listed Buildings at the turn of the millennium. For an up to date record of Listed Buildings see the National Heritage List for England.

Q. Are there definitions for the architectural terms in the List Descriptions?
A. We have an online architectural thesaurus at http://thesaurus.HistoricEngland.org.uk/thesaurus.asp?thes_no=546.

Can I order prints from the Images of England website?
A: No. However selected images can be bought from www.historicenglandprints.org.uk. If the image is not available there, please Contact Us.

Please note that the inclusion of a listed building on this website does not mean it is open to the public.