In Pictures: Archive images reveal how modern Britain was built

Historic England has published online for the first time more than 2,000 newly digitised images from the John Laing Photographic Collection.

Laing was one of the UK’s biggest construction companies, which helped build modern Britain.

Here’s a selection of the images.

Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection
Breaking New Ground: the John Laing Photographic Collection