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 to 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 added to the National Register of Archives (NRA) to make it available to a wide range of users.

Discovery now incorporates data from resources including the National Register of Archives. So, as well as millions of records held by The National Archives, Discovery now holds information on over 10 million additional records held by more than 2,500 archives across the country. This includes the information gathered during this survey.

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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