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English Heritage is currently recruiting volunteer photographers in specific areas of England for the Images of England internet project. Volunteers have a chance to take part in one of the largest and most ambitious recording projects ever undertaken in England. Images of England, which has been running since 1999, aims to make photographs of England's 370,000 listed buildings available through the internet.

There are over 370,000 listed buildings in England. These include historic castles, churches and country houses but also less well known buildings and structures such as milestones, telephone kiosks and lock-ups. Volunteer photographers take a single photograph primarily from public land of the exterior of each building. The photographs will appear on the Images of England website alongside a short written description of each building. All the photographers participating in the project will have their work credited on the website and retain the copyright on their photographs. The website when completed will offer visitors and future generations alike the first ever comprehensive photographic record of England's rich architectural heritage.

Images of England currently has over 1,000 photographers participating in the project across England. Ray Wallace Thompson of Stockton-on-Tees has been an Images of England photographer since 1999 and has greatly enjoyed his involvement to date, "In my three years as a volunteer photographer, the realisation that we have a precious heritage, steeped in history, has become more and more obvious. The stories attached to numerous properties that I have photographed could fill many books and the website is a great way to attract a rising generation to share this."

"People dont need to be professional photographers to take part in the project," says Project Manager Victoria Fenner. "They do need to have a keen interest in photography and experience of working under a variety of conditions. Of course the most important requirement is an interest in historic buildings and a desire to learn more about their local architecture."

All volunteers receive travel expenses, film and processing costs and attend a training session where they are allocated buildings in their local area to photograph. The project is interested in hearing from photographers in the following areas:

North Yorkshire
Hereford
Gloucestershire
Shropshire
Oxfordshire
Cumbria
Somerset
Dorset
Devon
Cornwall
Suffolk
Hampshire
Berkshire
Essex
Kent
Northumberland
Norfolk

More information about the project can be found on the Images of England website at www.imagesofengland.org.uk. The website currently has over 50,000 images on-line. Photographers can also contact the project directly on 01793 414643 or email ioevolunteers@english-heritage.org.uk for more information.

Images of England is backed by a 3.09 million grant, awarded in 1999, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, through the Millennium Festival Fund. The project is run by the National Monuments Record, the public archive of English Heritage.


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