Britain in Pictures Collection

Reference: BRITAIN IN PICTURES COLLECTION                    Date: c. 1941-1950                    Extent: 139 volumes

Covers of Britain in Pictures volumes

The Britain in Pictures series, published in the 1940s, were produced by Collins to be affordable and readable, with the ultimate goal of boosting morale and national pride by drawing attention to the elements of the national identity which made Britain great.  

Over one hundred titles were published on a broad variety of topics, grouped into nine main subject areas: history, arts and crafts, literature, education and religion, science, medicine and engineering, society, topography, sport and natural history.  

The series features titles written by a broad range of British experts, some very much a part of the academic establishment while others were lesser-known enthusiasts and non-professional writers. Notable writers include George Orwell (The British People, number 100), Graham Greene (British Dramatists, number 32), Cecil Beaton (British Photographers, number 71), and Vita Sackville-West (English Country Houses, number 15). Each volume was limited to a maximum of 48 pages, and consequently an emphasis was placed upon making the volumes as attractive as possible.  

Our collection contains around 139 published volumes, with several impressions of some titles, and it is fully catalogued.


The entire collection is searchable via our online catalogue.