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Reconstructing the Past Collection

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Reconstructing the Past Collection: Tudor and Stuart Illustrations

Tudor and Stuart Illustrations Collection
39 Items

Reconstructing the Past Collection: Prehistory Illustrations

Prehistory Illustrations Collection
52 Items

Reconstructing the Past Collection: Iron Age Illustrations

Iron Age Illustrations Collection
28 Items

Reconstructing the Past Collection: Romans Illustrations

Romans Illustrations Collection
102 Items

Reconstructing the Past Collection: Anglo-Saxon Illustrations

Anglo-Saxon Illustrations Collection
42 Items

Reconstructing the Past Collection: Medieval Life Illustrations

Medieval Life Illustrations Collection
63 Items

Reconstructing the Past Collection: Monastic Illustrations

Monastic Illustrations Collection
81 Items

Reconstructing the Past Collection: Castles Illustrations

Castles Illustrations Collection
122 Items

Reconstructing the Past Collection: People in the Past Illustrations

People in the Past Illustrations Collection
44 Items

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Railway goods shed, Rainham c. 1860 IC277_001

Railway goods shed, Rainham c. 1860 IC277_001
A cut-away reconstruction drawing, by Allan T. Adams, of the railway goods shed at Rainham, Medway, in the 1860s

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Woolpack Battery c. 1740s IC171_009

Woolpack Battery c. 1740s IC171_009
Reconstruction illustration showing the Woolpack Battery, part of the impressive coastal defences of Garrison Walls on St

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Hat Factory IC276_001

Hat Factory IC276_001
Stirling House, 30 Guildford Street, Luton, Bedfordshire. Cut-away reconstruction of Stirling House in the early 20th century

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Boston Guildhall IC279_001

Boston Guildhall IC279_001
Guildhall, South Street, Boston, Lincolnshire. Cut-away illustration of the Guildhall, showing figures at work in the ground floor kitchen

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Jacksons Warehouse, Manchester IC295_001

Jacksons Warehouse, Manchester IC295_001
Cut-away reconstruction illustration, by Allan T Adams, of Jacksons Warehouse, Piccadilly Basin, Manchester, being used by the Rochdale Canal Company

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Great Northern Warehouse IC277_003

Great Northern Warehouse IC277_003
Cut-away reconstruction drawing by Allan T Adams of the Great Northern Railway Companys Goods Warehouse, Deansgate, Manchester

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Weavers House, Manchesters Northern Quarter IC294_001

Weavers House, Manchesters Northern Quarter IC294_001
Manchesters Northern Quarter. Cut-away reconstruction drawing showing the arrangement of living and working quarters in a weavers cottage

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Assize Courts, York Castle IC121_005

Assize Courts, York Castle IC121_005
Reconstruction drawing showing an elevation of the grand east facade of the Assize Courts at York Castle, as it is likely to have looked after it was built in 1777. Terry Ball. April 1985

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Debtors Prison, York Castle IC121_004

Debtors Prison, York Castle IC121_004
Reconstruction drawing showing an elevation of the grand north facade of the Debtors Prison at York Castle, as it is likely to have looked after it was built in 1705. Terry Ball. April 1985

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Female Prison, York Castle IC121_003

Female Prison, York Castle IC121_003
Reconstruction drawing showing an elevation of the grand west facade of the Female Prison at York Castle, as it is likely to have looked after it was built in the early 1780s. Terry Ball. April 1985

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Houghton House N060175

Houghton House N060175
HOUGHTON HOUSE, Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Cutaway reconstruction drawing by Stephen Conlin of the house as it may have appeared in 1767

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Apsley House J050018

Apsley House J050018
APSLEY HOUSE, London. Present day cutaway drawing of the first floor by Stephen Conlin

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Bedlam Furnaces IC146_014

Bedlam Furnaces IC146_014
Bedlam Furnaces, Ironbridge, Shropshire. Reconstruction drawing, by Judith Dobie, of the furnaces from across the River Severn as they may have appeared in the late 18th or early 19th century

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Coastal battery IC266_003

Coastal battery IC266_003
Reconstruction drawing showing the layout of a typical Second World War emergency coastal battery comprising two 6-inch naval guns in gun-houses

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Martello tower IC266_002

Martello tower IC266_002
Cut-away reconstruction drawing showing the internal arrangement of a typical two-storey Martello tower on the south-coast in the early 19th century, with soldiers drilling outside. Chris Evans, 1997

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: HMS Northumberland IC273_004

HMS Northumberland IC273_004
A cross-section of the hull of HMS Northumberland as it may have appeared in 1703. On board a number of activities are taking place, including the working of the chain pump

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Ancient Greece IC132_005

Ancient Greece IC132_005
An ancient Greek warrior and/or statesman, possibly Pericles, with the Acropolis in Athens in the background. Illustration by Ivan Lapper, 1990s

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: The Tudors IC132_004

The Tudors IC132_004
King Henry VIII of England, based on the portrait of Henry by Hans Holbein the Younger. In the background is the gatehouse of his residence, Hampton Court Palace. Illustration by Ivan Lapper, 1990s

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: The Normans IC132_003

The Normans IC132_003
A Norman soldier attacking with a hand-and-a-half, a two-handed broadsword. In the background is shown a medieval castle keep. Illustration by Ivan Lapper, 1990s

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Ancient Egypt IC132_001

Ancient Egypt IC132_001
The golden mask of the mummy of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, with a an ancient Egyptian temple complex in the background. Illustration by Ivan Lapper, 1990s

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: The Modern Age IC132_002

The Modern Age IC132_002
American astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his space suit, the second man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Landguard Fort c. 1900 J020188

Landguard Fort c. 1900 J020188
LANDGUARD FORT, Felixstowe, Suffolk. Aerial view reconstruction drawing of the fort in c.1900 by Frank J. H. Gardiner (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Kenwood House and grounds J010065

Kenwood House and grounds J010065
KENWOOD HOUSE, London. Watercolour painting by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team) showing an aerial view surrounded by exterior views of the house and grounds. Reconstruction drawing

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: St Helens Quarantine Station c. 1764, Isles of Scilly J010099

St Helens Quarantine Station c. 1764, Isles of Scilly J010099
ST HELEN S, Isles of Scilly. Aerial view reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team) of St Helens Quarantine Station c.1764

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Berwick-upon-Tweed J990113

Berwick-upon-Tweed J990113
BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, Northumberland. 1999 aerial reconstruction painting of Berwick upon Tweed town by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Bofors gun, Pendennis Castle c. 1943 N900004

Bofors gun, Pendennis Castle c. 1943 N900004
PENDENNIS CASTLE, Cornwall. Reconstruction drawing of Bofors gun position - Half Moon Battery c.1943 by Ivan Lapper

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Canal workers N070949

Canal workers N070949
STOURPORT, Worcestershire. Reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn, English Heritage Graphics Team, showing workers building a canal c.1770

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Portchester Castle J910019

Portchester Castle J910019
PORTCHESTER CASTLE, Hampshire. Reconstruction drawing of Napoleonic prisoners crowded into the Keep by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Lodge Hill Battery N060478

Lodge Hill Battery N060478
LODGE HILL BATTERY, Chatham, Kent. Reconstruction drawing of the First World War a battery firing at German zeppelin, by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team)

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Stourport c1809 N070180

Stourport c1809 N070180
STOURPORT, Worcestershire. Aerial reconstruction drawing c1809 by Peter Dunn, English Heritage Graphics Team, showing development of the port which is a complex of docks and basins

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Ploughing J910040

Ploughing J910040
Reconstruction drawing of present day view of tractor ploughing field by Judith Dobie, English Heritage Graphics Team. Farming

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Ploughing J910039

Ploughing J910039
Reconstruction drawing of ploughing in Victorian times by Judith Dobie, English Heritage Graphics Team. Farming

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: Rural landscape J910035

Rural landscape J910035
Reconstruction drawing of present day imaginary rural landscape by Judith Dobie, English Heritage Graphics Team. Farming

Background imageReconstructing the Past Collection: St Helens Quarantine Station c. 1764, Isles of Scilly J010100

St Helens Quarantine Station c. 1764, Isles of Scilly J010100
ISLES OF SCILLY. Reconstruction drawing by Peter Dunn (English Heritage Graphics Team) of the Pest House at St Helens Quarantine Station c.1764


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