“Views from England and Wales” is a recently-digitised collection held by our Content Provider the Centre for Regional and Local History at the University of Leicester. It contains images from almost every historic county in England (except for Rutland and Staffordshire), as well as material from five historic counties in Wales (Caernarfonshire, Flintshire, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire and Pembrokeshire), to allow the history of these regions to be understood from multiple perspectives. The materials held include over 2,000 photographs, paintings, drawings and prints, ranging from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, with a particular focus on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The wide range of subjects covered includes landscapes (urban and rural), historic buildings and portraits, as well as maps and plans. There is an especially large amount of material relating to Gloucestershire and Yorkshire.
The collection is available to view online at https://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/digital/collection/p16445coll16.
An introduction to the collection can be viewed at https://elhleics.omeka.net/exhibits/show/an-introduction-to-views-of-en.
To learn more about the importance and the value of this collection, there is a blog at https://le.ac.uk/english-local-history/research/blog.