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In the aftermath of an air raid, the Holland House library stands strong as a symbol of resilience and determination

Background imagePeople Collection: Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456

Holland House library after an air raid BB83_04456
HOLLAND HOUSE, Kensington, London. An interior view of the bombed library at Holland House with readers apparently choosing books regardless of the damage. Photographed in 1940

Background imagePeople Collection: The Plough Inn MCF01_02_1492

The Plough Inn MCF01_02_1492
The Plough, Lower Cadsden, Princes Risborough, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. A view of The Plough inn from the north, with a woman walking past the pub and a girl and dog outside the entrance

Background imagePeople Collection: Angling, Delphi Lodge, Co Mayo, Ireland

Angling, Delphi Lodge, Co Mayo, Ireland

Background imagePeople Collection: Melbourne Beach, Australia

Melbourne Beach, Australia
Beach houses at Brighton beach with Melbourne city in the background, Australia

Background imagePeople Collection: Offas Dyke path leading to the summit of Moel Famau in the Clwydian Mountain Range

Offas Dyke path leading to the summit of Moel Famau in the Clwydian Mountain Range Clwyd, North Wales, UK, August

Background imagePeople Collection: METEOR SHOWER, 1833. People observing a meteor storm above a village in 1833

METEOR SHOWER, 1833. People observing a meteor storm above a village in 1833. Wood engraving by Adolf Vollmy, c1888

Background imagePeople Collection: Mallard steam train, Flying Scotsman service a062835

Mallard steam train, Flying Scotsman service a062835
MALLARD. View of the LNER Class A4 train during its time on the Flying Scotsman express passenger service between London and Edinburgh. A man in a trilby hat looks at the engine

Background imagePeople Collection: King George V Dock a002109

King George V Dock a002109
KING GEORGE V DOCK, Canning Town, London. Shipping in the dock with dock workers standing on the dockside in the foreground (mid 20th century)

Background imagePeople Collection: HOGARTH: BEER STREET. Beer Street and Gin Lane. Steel engraving, c1860

HOGARTH: BEER STREET. Beer Street and Gin Lane. Steel engraving, c1860, after the original by William Hogarth

Background imagePeople Collection: Comptometer Room, Stratford Cooperative Society 1914 BL22762

Comptometer Room, Stratford Cooperative Society 1914 BL22762
STRATFORD CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY, Maryland Street, Stratford, Greater London. Interior view of the Comptometer Room at Stratford Co-operative Society

Background imagePeople Collection: Captain Albert Ball VC DSO (2 bars) MC

Captain Albert Ball VC DSO (2 bars) MC
Captain Albert Ball VC DSO** MC

Background imagePeople Collection: Amy Johnson with her De Havilland Gipsy Moth Jason

Amy Johnson with her De Havilland Gipsy Moth Jason
Amy Johnson in Australia, 1930. She was one of the first women pilots to make headline news and held many records

Background imagePeople Collection: Victorian London OP15919

Victorian London OP15919
Cloth Fair, London. The Old Dick Whittington public house at 24 Cloth Fair viewed from Middle Street. Photographed by Augustin Rischgitz, London Stereoscopic Company Limited in the 1890s

Background imagePeople Collection: Ludgate Circus, London CC97_01518

Ludgate Circus, London CC97_01518
LUDGATE CIRCUS, City of London. A busy street view of Ludgate Circus looking towards St Pauls Cathedral with horse-drawn buses in the foreground and a steam train on the bridge

Background imagePeople Collection: Children labelling tins of tea c. 1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690

Children labelling tins of tea c. 1910, Butlers Wharf BB87_09690
BUTLERs WHARF, Shad Thames, London. From 1921 children had to be at least 12 years old before they could work full-time, though some of these boys look younger

Background imagePeople Collection: Four fishermen, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s

Four fishermen, Polperro, Cornwall. Probably 1860s-1870s
The four fishermen are, from left to right: James Curtis (grandfather of Emma Oliver), Jack Langmaid, William Rowe and William Oliver

Background imagePeople Collection: Norwich market in 1948 MF98_01664_16

Norwich market in 1948 MF98_01664_16
Norwich, Norfolk. The bustling marketplace. Photographed by Hallam Ashley in July 1948

Background imagePeople Collection: Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk a082550

Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk a082550
ALDEBURGH BEACH, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Fisherman tipping a wicker basket at the seas edge with gulls wheeling overhead and a sea mark in the foreground. Photographed by John Gay in 1977

Background imagePeople Collection: R101 at Cardington EPW029993

R101 at Cardington EPW029993
R101 at Cardington, Bedfordshire, 1929. Built 1926-30 at the Royal Airship Works at Cardington, the final test flight was 1st October 1930

Background imagePeople Collection: London scenes. The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Early 1900s

London scenes. The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Early 1900s

Background imagePeople Collection: Blackpool a047928

Blackpool a047928
BLACKPOOL, Lancashire. An elderly man on holiday paddling in the sea, with Blackpool Tower in the background. Date range 1946-1955. John Gay

Background imagePeople Collection: WALL STREET: BEARS & BULLS. Bulls and Bears in the Market. An allegorical painting by William H

WALL STREET: BEARS & BULLS. Bulls and Bears in the Market. An allegorical painting by William H. Beard, 1879

Background imagePeople Collection: Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745

Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09745
BUTLERs WHARF, Shad Thames, London. A cargo of bananas in specially ventilated crates is unloaded and transferred into the warehouse via a conveyor belt while two foremen in bowler hats look

Background imagePeople Collection: Mill Green, Broxted, Essex a81_00922

Mill Green, Broxted, Essex a81_00922
MILL GREEN, Broxted, Essex. A cyclist rests his tandem against the finger post / sign post at Mill Green in Broxted. A windmill stands in the background

Background imagePeople Collection: The Old Royal Naval College a065204

The Old Royal Naval College a065204
OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE, Greenwich, London. View from a hill in Greenwich Park, looking north-west across the park towards the Queens House and the Old Royal Naval College

Background imagePeople Collection: Paddington Station a061937

Paddington Station a061937
PADDINGTON STATION, London. Elevated view showing passengers awaiting the arrival of a train on Platform 2 at Paddington railway station. John Gay. Date range: 1960-1972

Background imagePeople Collection: Station Master BB98_05551

Station Master BB98_05551
STATION MASTER, Finmere Station, Oxfordshire. In 1898-99 the Great Central Railway Company (formed 1897) created a main railway route from Sheffield through Nottingham and Leicester to London

Background imagePeople Collection: Euston Arch a98_05420

Euston Arch a98_05420
EUSTON ARCH, Euston Station, Euston Road, Camden Town, London. Traffic outside the Euston Arch. The arch was designed by Philip Hardwick in 1837 as part of a screen

Background imagePeople Collection: Downshire Hill, Hampstead a072760

Downshire Hill, Hampstead a072760
ST JOHNS CHURCH, Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London. A street view looking north east along Downshire Hill towards the entrance front of St Johns Church

Background imagePeople Collection: Piccadilly Circus c. 1893 CC97_00945

Piccadilly Circus c. 1893 CC97_00945
PICCADILLY CIRCUS, Westminster, London. A view of Piccadilly from the west looking towards Coventry Street and showing the London Pavilion

Background imagePeople Collection: Pay day, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09666

Pay day, Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames BB87_09666
Pay day at Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, London. A line of workmen collect their wages from a hatch, while a security guard looks on. Photographer unknown, c.1910

Background imagePeople Collection: Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1929

Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1929
A view of Platform 1 at Paddington Station, London, August 1929. This image shows crowds gathered on the platform with the glass roof above, and station clock and various advertisements on the left

Background imagePeople Collection: TEMPLE OF SOLOMON. Dedication of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Painting by William Hole

TEMPLE OF SOLOMON. Dedication of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Painting by William Hole, c1910

Background imagePeople Collection: Woolworths Southend FWW01_01_0033_002

Woolworths Southend FWW01_01_0033_002
F W Woolworth And Company Limited, 29-35 High Street, Southend-on-Sea. A view south along the High Street in Southend-on-Sea in October 1938, with shoppers and cyclists outside the store

Background imagePeople Collection: Meeting at a country gate CC73_01502

Meeting at a country gate CC73_01502
MICKLETON, Gloucestershire. A couple posing by a gate with the spire of St Lawrences Church and surrounding countryside in the background. Photographed by Henry Taunt (active 1860-1922)

Background imagePeople Collection: Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen

Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen

Background imagePeople Collection: Oceanic House, the White Star Line shipping company BL21285

Oceanic House, the White Star Line shipping company BL21285
OCEANIC HOUSE, Cockspur Street, London. The London office of the White Star Line shipping company decorated for George V coronation (22nd June 1911)

Background imagePeople Collection: Battersea Funfair a019815

Battersea Funfair a019815
BATTERSEA FUNFAIR, Greater London. General view showing couple standing in front of trick fountains lit at night with Battersea Power Station in the background. Laurence Goldman

Background imagePeople Collection: Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1904

Platform 1 at Paddington Station, 1904
This view of passengers boarding a train on Platform 1 was taken on the August Bank Holiday 1904. Teeming with people, passengers

Background imagePeople Collection: USA, Colorado, Beaver Creek, Beaver Creek Ski Resort, gondola

USA, Colorado, Beaver Creek, Beaver Creek Ski Resort, gondola

Background imagePeople Collection: Mexico, Oaxaca, Mexican Folk Dance

Mexico, Oaxaca, Mexican Folk Dance (Large format sizes available)

Background imagePeople Collection: HENRY WRIOTHESLEY (1573-1624). 3rd Earl of Southampton in the Tower of London

HENRY WRIOTHESLEY (1573-1624). 3rd Earl of Southampton in the Tower of London. Oil painting by John de Critz, 1603

Background imagePeople Collection: Liverpool Street Station a063096

Liverpool Street Station a063096
LIVERPOOL STREET STATION, London. Interior view. Passengers waiting for a train on a platform at Liverpool Street Station. Photographed by John Gay. Date range: 1947-1948

Background imagePeople Collection: Gertrude Jekyll c. 1901 OP01502

Gertrude Jekyll c. 1901 OP01502
The garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll, beside the terrace bridge at Deanery Garden, Sonning, The Deanery (or Deanery Garden) is a house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in Sonning, Berkshire

Background imagePeople Collection: Portscatho Harbour, Cornwall OP04507

Portscatho Harbour, Cornwall OP04507
PORTSCATHO HARBOUR, Gerrans, Cornwall. A young boy looking down towards tethered boats in the harbour at Portscatho. Photographed by John Gay during 1950s-1960s

Background imagePeople Collection: Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500

Postman, Harnham, Salisbury OP04500
HARNHAM, Salisbury, Wiltshire. View from the Old Mill at Harnham, looking across the water meadows towards Salisbury Cathedral with a postman pushing his bicycle along the Town Path in

Background imagePeople Collection: Aldeburgh Beach a082551

Aldeburgh Beach a082551
ALDEBURGH BEACH, Suffolk. View along the beach showing a line of sea marks and a fisherman with a wicker basket walking up the beach with gulls wheeling overhead. Photographed by John Gay in 1977

Background imagePeople Collection: Smithfield Market BL22966_004

Smithfield Market BL22966_004
SMITHFIELD MARKET, London. Smithfield has been the site of a market since the Middle Ages, originally selling horses, cattle and pigs



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In the aftermath of an air raid, the Holland House library stands strong as a symbol of resilience and determination. The people, undeterred by the destruction around them, gather to rebuild their beloved sanctuary for knowledge. As darkness blankets the sky, a meteor shower captivates the villagers in 1833. With awe-struck faces turned towards the heavens, they witness nature's celestial spectacle above their humble village. A moment frozen in time that reminds us of our place in this vast universe. On Melbourne Beach in Australia, people bask in the warmth of golden sands and turquoise waters. Laughter fills the air as families create cherished memories under clear blue skies. Here, life slows down to embrace simple pleasures and appreciate nature's beauty. The Mallard steam train roars through history on its Flying Scotsman service. Excitement radiates from passengers' faces as they embark on an unforgettable journey across picturesque landscapes. People united by their love for adventure and exploration. Four fishermen stand proudly against crashing waves in Polperro, Cornwall. Their weathered faces tell stories of perseverance and dedication to their craft passed down through generations. In harmony with nature's rhythm, they cast their nets into uncertain depths with unwavering hope. Hogarth's iconic Beer Street comes alive with bustling activity amidst London's vibrant streetscape. People from all walks of life come together over pints and mugs filled with camaraderie and shared experiences - a testament to society's ability to find solace even during challenging times. Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc ignites flames within his own being at a Saigon intersection - an act of protest against injustice that reverberated across nations. His self-immolation serves as a stark reminder that individuals possess immense power when driven by conviction for change. Henry Clarence Whaite paints a poignant scene depicting A Welsh Funeral (To the Cold Earth).