Picturing the Blitz: 9 Images of England at War

Picturing the Blitz: 9 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. The Record was a mixture of existing collections gathered together and photographs taken during the war by staff and volunteers. Together they captured both buildings at risk of destruction and the surviving architectural details of devastated buildings before they were demolished.

This crucial and pioneering work survives today as part of the Historic England Archive, one of the largest publicly accessible archives in the UK. Here are some striking images from the collection that capture the wartime destruction of our English cities.

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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.  The Record was a mixture of existing collections gathered together and photographs taken during the war by staff and volunteers. Together they captured both buildings at risk of destruction and the surviving architectural details of devastated buildings before they were demolished.  

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