Great Court at the British Museum, courtesy of the British Museum, Foster and Partners, Nigel Young

The project was conducted in partnership between the Business Archives Council and The National Archives. It set out to identify and preserve Britain's key records relating to architecture, building and construction.

The building and construction sector makes a major contribution to the British economy, yet its history and archives are not well known or understood. The project helped establish the nature and location of records produced by firms in the architecture, building and construction sector that had not been surveyed or deposited. This information was then added to the National Register of Archives (NRA) to make it available to a wide range of users.

The NRA is a database containing information on the nature and location of manuscripts and historical records that relate to British history.

The project:

The mapping was limited to England and Wales.

Participating businesses

The project took place between September 2011 and March 2013. During that time a number of construction firms and architectural practices participated, including:

Read the Architecture, Building and Construction Records Survey 2011-13

Architecture, Building and Construction Records Survey 2011-13 (PDF, 0.23Mb)

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