Plans, Drawings and Documents
Our collections include thousands of architectural drawings, plans and reports which describe many different aspects of the historic environment. Here you can find examples of the types of records we hold in our collection.
We hold files on over 70,000 individual buildings. These files can include reports, notes, drawings and photographs created by the Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME) and English Heritage.
We hold over 56,000 architectural drawings, including plans, elevations, sketches and watercolours. We also hold over 60,000 plans and drawings of English Heritage properties.
We hold a large series of sales particulars. These are brochures advertising the sales of estates and properties across England, from the late 19th and 20th centuries. They often include plans and photographs as well as written descriptions.
Our collections also include the original survey notes created for the RCHME Inventory volumes. These contain photographs and sketches alongside the handwritten descriptions of historic buildings.