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."
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.