Help Historic England create a map of the UK’s ghost signs

Historic England wants your photos of ghost signs! The organisation is creating a map of the UK’s ‘ghost signs’ and is looking for people around the country to help out. It hopes that the map will help broaden understanding about where ghost signs can be found. 

Historic England describes these signs, often found in urban settings and an important part of the historic fabric on our high streets, as ‘faded relics’ that can ‘tell us much about our collective architectural, cultural and social history’.

The organisation’s Chief Executive Duncan Wilson said: ‘Once you start looking up on high streets and hunting for ghost signs, you’ll find that they’re hidden in plain sight, tucked away down alleyways or hiding among rooftops … These mysterious pieces of secret history are a special reminder of the people who came before us, and the urban spaces and high streets they made their own.”