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Wartime Church Interiors 1941-1942

These images of interiors from churches across Wales are selected from over 700 recently digitised photographs from the National Buildings Record. The NBR had an extensive program of rapid photographic survey, employing photographers to record important structures around Britain before their potential destruction through enemy action during the Second World War. This work continued after the war when many buildings were threatened by demolition or alteration. Recording buildings at risk remains one of our key roles. The Welsh NBR material consists of high quality, unique photographic records of sites including castles, historic houses and archaeological sites as well as churches. Look out for the blackout curtains used during the war to block light from windows which might draw enemy fire. The evocative image of St Mary’s church, Swansea, taken in June 1941 after its destruction during the 3-night blitz in February 1941, shows how necessary this recording was.