Step aside all ye pretenders of yore; it’s time to show you my new favourite website. English Heritage – the body charged with protecting, maintaining and promoting the UK’s historic buildings – has launched a new Tumblr on which they treat us to images from their incredible photographic archives. With more than seven million to choose from, the Tumblr takes a thematic approach to curation, showcasing several examples of the same thing each day (today is gravestones, yesterday was railway signal boxes).
Earlier this week the theme was Odeon cinemas, a brand now often derided as one of the worst offenders of the banal homogenised movie-going experience, but at one time synonymous with beautiful and interesting architecture. These were cinemas as genuine dream factories, designed to capture and stay in the imagination before the films even rolled.
We love this blog, and can’t wait to watch it develop.