Explore these online resources used and enjoyed by C20’s staff.
Not only useful for planning visits to the library, as the catalogue includes the details of architects for all projects across a huge range of architecture and design publications.
Includes information from the National Heritage List for England, local Historic Environment Records, and is the only place to find reports for Historic England’s decisions not to list buildings from the past five years.
Probably the biggest database of twentieth century houses across the country compiled from various sources.
Miles Glendinning’s photographic collection paired with research into the building type and its history supported by the University of Edinburgh
Richard Brook collates information to accompany his photographs of buildings across the country that meet his fascination with architecture of the welfare state, concrete, industrial and functional architecture and system building.
The CTA’s exhaustive list of all cinemas in England that have been listed.
The PMSA’s public sculpture recording project has been integrated into the ArtUK online database.
A survey of international architectural icons.
The index of the Iconic Houses Network, an international network connecting architecturally significant houses and artists’ homes and studios from the 20th century that are open to the public as house museums.
HLF-funded survey of Catholic Churches in Britain, with information for certain Dioceses not yet added.
A record of all projects awarded a Commendation or Award in the prize scheme that has been running since 1959.
Akin to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, but for Architects who have worked in Scotland. Notable names include Sir Robert Matthew and Stirrat Johnson-Marshall of RMJM and Jack Coia and Isi Metzstein of Gillespie Kidd & Coia.
Includes information about key twentieth century figures Tony Hunt and Peter Rice, and the projects they worked on.
A firm favourite among the C20 staff, CQ (the journal of the Cement and Concrete Association) has featured pretty much everything that involved concrete from 1947 onwards.
The in-house journal of the renowned interdisciplinary design practice, starting in 1966. The early issues have fabulous cover images, such as the Emley Moor television tower featured in 1972.
Steve Marland’s photographs of buildings he visits, focused in the North West. He has a great eye for detail and weaves fascinating references into each journey.
Josh Abbott’s visits around the capital reveals the full breadth of architectural styles used in the first half of the twentieth century, with the occasional foray into post-war architecture as well. Particularly useful for Holden-era tube stations and industrial Art Deco.
Daniel Wright’s images and stories of transport architecture, design and art across the globe.
Municipal Dreams celebrates the efforts and achievements of our early municipal reformers.
A huge range of photographs, including many from the architectural press. Images are usefully tagged by project, architect and photographer.
HE’s photo collection is vast and includes recent building recording projects and photos taken for publications as well as historic images. The ongoing digitisation of the John Laing Photography Collection is a treasure trove.
HES’s image archive that includes photographs and plans from the Sir Basil Spence digitisation project.
The history of UK towns is particularly interesting to track the development of commercial centres and to see buildings in their original context.
Local Archives Photo Collections
Most local authorities have local studies collections with partially digitised photography collections. The London Metropolitan Archives collection is called Collage, for example:
Steve Bulman’s excellent project including over 34,000 churches of all denominations. Short entries with the photos and frequently updated. The aim being to have at least one photo of every existing church in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands.
Better known as Mid Mod Plus on Instagram, Michael Hayward has set out across London and the South East to take excellent photos of post-war housing. Head to his Instagram @midmodplus to see cringe-worthy examples of insensitive alterations such as fake leaded windows.
Dave Anderson’s comprehensive photographic record that ties in with UKMoHo.
One section of Wayne Boucher’s vast photo collection focuses on Cambridge architecture, including lots of Colleges that are tricky to see on Google Street View.
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