A 1908 photograph of women working in a cardboard box factory in Southwark Bridge Road is one of the images released by English Heritage to promote its new online catalogue.
From now on the public is able to search online a catalogue describing more than a million historical photographs and documents relating to England's historic buildings and archaeological sites held by the National Monuments Record (NMR), English Heritage's public archive.
The details of the wealth of historical material the archive holds – images, plans, drawings, reports and publications covering England's archaeology, architecture, social and local history – is held on a database which can now be accessed and searched online at www.englishheritagearchives.org.uk. Until now, these searches had to be done in person at the NMR's public search rooms in Swindon.
Using a range of search terms, users can discover whether English Heritage holds any items in its archive relevant to the topic they are interested in, mainly photos, but also including maps, plans or reports. You can even search for a type of building, like schools or churches, or for an exact address.
Each catalogue item consists of a description and users can place orders online. A small percentage of the description is illustrated. Registration is free, but customers will be charged for the documents they order (price varies).