I am pleased to report that Oxford historians now have access to Country Life Archive, covering 1897 to 2005.
Country Life is a well-known weekly British culture and lifestyle magazine, founded in 1897 by Edward Hudson, friend of Gertrude Jekyll and patron of Edwin Lutyens.
It focuses on fine art and architecture, the great country houses and their interiors, church and historic buildings, landscapes, rural living and leisure pursuits such as antique collecting, farming, hunting, shooting, horse riding and gardening.
The magazine also reported on national events, governmental policy relating to agricultural affairs as well as society affairs of rural gentry.
Country Life is rich in advertising of, for instance, properties and as such is a valuable source in retracing the history of houses as well as finding images of them. Other advertising includes services and equipment needed for country living.
A highly visual resource, every page is full-text searchable, and reproduced in high-resolution and full colour.
The advanced search functionality includes the ability to search for specific images such as photos of interiors and exteriors or architectural drawings / plans.
Country Life Picture Library contains images of country houses and gardens, interiors and architectural details, historic buildings and churches from the photo-archive of Country Life magazine. All images reference the original Country Life articles for which they were commissioned. Please note that images themselves can only be used upon registration, ordering and payment.