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News: 24 June 2019

The Images of England project held a Celebration of Achievements event on 21 November at Kew Bridge Steam Museum.

Simon Thurley with the volunteer guests.
Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, was the host for the lunchtime reception which included guests from the Dept of Culture, Media and Sport, the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Sky Imaging, as well as around seventy of our volunteer photographers.

The event was to celebrate how fantastically well our volunteers are doing, we've now around 240,000 images on the website and expect to have around 323,000 by 2007. It was also an opportunity to thank our partners and the project team who have worked so hard in making Images of England a success.

English Heritage exists to make the past part of our future and during his speech Simon Thurley spoke about how important this project is in capturing the images of the listed buildings and what a great legacy it is for future generations.

During the last 12 months alone, over 6 million images have been viewed on the website and already over 40,000 people are registered users of the site.

During the summer we held a competition for our photographers to nominate their favourite images of our listed building to be made into postcards. There were 6 winners and Simon Thurley presented them with their prize of a framed set of the postcards each. They were:
  • Glyn Edmunds, Hampshire
  • Roger Ashley, Northamptonshire
  • Bob Cottrell, County Durham
  • Alistair Nisbet, Northamptonshire
  • Ivor Corkell, Cornwall
  • John Scarbro, Lincolnshire

Postcard Competition winners, from left to right, Glyn Edmunds, Roger Ashley, host Simon Thurley, Bob Cottrell, Alistair Nisbet and Ivor Corkell. (Winner John Scarbro was unable to make the event)

Special long service awards were also presented to Peter Holt, Derbyshire and Peter Read, Wiltshire who have both been involved with the project since the pilot in 1996 and are still actively involved today. John Turner, W. Yorkshire won an award for most photographs taken and Bob Cottrell, Cornwall won an award for most photos on the website of 'outstanding quality'.

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