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Erecting Collection

From the AE Erecting Shop in 1927 to the construction of Lenin's mausoleum, erecting structures has always been a testament to human ingenuity and efficiency

Background imageErecting Collection: AE Erecting Shop, 1927

AE Erecting Shop, 1927
First batch of King class locomotives under construction

Background imageErecting Collection: WW2 - Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps erect Nissen Huts

WW2 - Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps erect Nissen Huts
WW2 - Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps in France - erecting Nissen Huts in preparation for the arrival of the main body of the army - the caption notes that many men in the pioneer Corps fought in

Background imageErecting Collection: Building of a prefabricated houses in 3 hours 1945

Building of a prefabricated houses in 3 hours 1945
During the Second World War many houses were destroyed, due to this, prefabricated houses (prefabs) were built, quickly and cheaply providing quality housing with all the amenities, central heating

Background imageErecting Collection: AE Erecting Shop, c1927

AE Erecting Shop, c1927
Construction of a King class locomotive

Background imageErecting Collection: AE Erecting Shop, c1927

AE Erecting Shop, c1927
King class boiler being lowered on to driving wheels

Background imageErecting Collection: View of Swindon Works, c1930s

View of Swindon Works, c1930s
This photograph was taken from the Pattern Store building and shows tehe Works turntable and A Shop in the background

Background imageErecting Collection: Erecting a grain silo using cranes

Erecting a grain silo using cranes at an exhibition in March 1965. Date: 1965

Background imageErecting Collection: A wiring party. Soldiers erecting barbed wire entanglements in No Man's Land under cover of

A wiring party. Soldiers erecting barbed wire entanglements in No Man's Land under cover of darkness during World
3058448 A wiring party. Soldiers erecting barbed wire entanglements in No Man's Land under cover of darkness during World War One

Background imageErecting Collection: Members of an Expedition in Suchan, 1920-1929. Creator: Mikhail Alekseevich Pavlov

Members of an Expedition in Suchan, 1920-1929. Creator: Mikhail Alekseevich Pavlov
Members of an Expedition in Suchan, 1920-1929. From a collection consisting of an album and individual photographs from the family archive of geologist Mikhail Alekseevich Pavlov (1884-1938)

Background imageErecting Collection: Erecting an awning Royal Navy

Erecting an awning Royal Navy

Background imageErecting Collection: Construction of Lenin's mausoleum, Red Square

Construction of Lenin's mausoleum, Red Square
Vladimir Lenin was an exceptional revolutionary, adored by the majority of Russia, and regarded as being among the leading global intellectuals of the time

Background imageErecting Collection: Construction of Lenin's Temporary Mausoleum

Construction of Lenin's Temporary Mausoleum
A temporary but elaborate wooden mausoleum was quickly built on Red Square in Moscow to hold Vladimir Lenin's Body following his death in 1924

Background imageErecting Collection: Lenin's mausoleum, Construction, Red Square

Lenin's mausoleum, Construction, Red Square
The Russian Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin died of a stroke on the 21st of January 1924. Due to the exceptional public support he received whilst alive it was deemed fitting to honour him in

Background imageErecting Collection: Temporary buildings after World War Two under construction at the Bristol Aeroplane Company's

Temporary buildings after World War Two under construction at the Bristol Aeroplane Company's factory at Barwell. Date: 1947

Background imageErecting Collection: Fortified church of Homorod, Hamruden, built in 1270 as a Romanesque hall church, Brasov County

Fortified church of Homorod, Hamruden, built in 1270 as a Romanesque hall church, Brasov County, Transylvania, Romania
attraction, attractions, balkan, balkan peninsula, brasov county, building, buildings, built, built in, castell, castelo, castles, church building, church castle, churches, construct, defence

Background imageErecting Collection: Trajan's Column, Colonna Traiana, Columna Traiana, a column of honour erected in 112-113 AD for

Trajan's Column, Colonna Traiana, Columna Traiana, a column of honour erected in 112-113 AD for the Roman Emperor
altertum, ancient civilizations, ancient times, ancient world, antiquity, archive, attraction, attractions, black, black-and-white, black-white, built, built in, central italy, column, construct

Background imageErecting Collection: Templum Iunonis Lucinae Hodie S. Lavrentii In Lucina, The Temple of Juno Lucina

Templum Iunonis Lucinae Hodie S. Lavrentii In Lucina, The Temple of Juno Lucina
antica, attraction, attractions, b.c. before christ, black, black-and-white, black-white, building, buildings, built, built in, central italy, construct, contemporary, depiction, depictions

Background imageErecting Collection: The Faun Temple was the only temple dedicated to the god Faun in Rome

The Faun Temple was the only temple dedicated to the god Faun in Rome and was built on the Tiber Island
antica, attraction, attractions, black, black-and-white, black-white, building, buildings, built, built in, central italy, construct, contemporary, depiction, depictions, deserted, drawing, drawings

Background imageErecting Collection: The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch. It was erected around 315 AD to commemorate

The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch. It was erected around 315 AD to commemorate the triumph of Constantine I
antica, arch, arches, attraction, attractions, battles, black, black-and-white, black-white, bridge, bridges, built, built in, central italy, commemorating, commemoration, constantine

Background imageErecting Collection: The Arch of Gratian. The Arch of Gratian, Theodosius and Valentinian was built between AD 379-383

The Arch of Gratian. The Arch of Gratian, Theodosius and Valentinian was built between AD 379-383
antica, arch, arches, attraction, attractions, black, black-and-white, black-white, bow, bows, building, buildings, built, built in, central italy, church building, churches, construct, contemporary

Background imageErecting Collection: Arcus Traiani Augusti ob Victoriam Dacicam. Forte in eius foro, ex Nummo, a Roman victory arch

Arcus Traiani Augusti ob Victoriam Dacicam. Forte in eius foro, ex Nummo, a Roman victory arch
antica, attraction, attractions, black, black-and-white, black-white, built, built in, capital market, capital markets, cash, central italy, coins, concept, conception, conceptions, construct

Background imageErecting Collection: Arcus Traiani Augusti ob Victoriam Germanicam, a Roman victory arch based on a coinage

Arcus Traiani Augusti ob Victoriam Germanicam, a Roman victory arch based on a coinage
antica, attraction, attractions, black, black-and-white, black-white, built, built in, central italy, construct, contemporary, depiction, depictions, deserted, drawing, drawings, drawn, early

Background imageErecting Collection: Baths of Constantine, on the Quirinal Hill. The Baths of Constantine were built around 315 AD

Baths of Constantine, on the Quirinal Hill. The Baths of Constantine were built around 315 AD on the top of
antica, attraction, attractions, black, black-and-white, black-white, built, built in, central italy, construct, contemporary, countryside, depiction, depictions, deserted, drawing, drawings, drawn

Background imageErecting Collection: Thermae Neronis Et Alexandri Severi, the Baths of Nero and Severus Alexander

Thermae Neronis Et Alexandri Severi, the Baths of Nero and Severus Alexander, later the Church of St. Eustace
altertum, ancient civilizations, ancient times, ancient world, antica, antiquity, attraction, attractions, bath, baths, black, black-and-white, black-white, building, buildings, built, built in

Background imageErecting Collection: Septizonium Severi ad Viam Appiam, The Septizonium was built by Septimus Severus

Septizonium Severi ad Viam Appiam, The Septizonium was built by Septimus Severus and inaugurated in 203 AD
17th-century, antica, attraction, attractions, black, black-and-white, black-white, built, built in, bunch of, central italy, characteristic, construct, contemporary, corners, culture, custom

Background imageErecting Collection: Septizonius Vetus Ad Thermas Antonianas, The Septizonium was built by Septimus Severus

Septizonius Vetus Ad Thermas Antonianas, The Septizonium was built by Septimus Severus and inaugurated in 203 AD
17th-century, antica, attraction, attractions, black, black-and-white, black-white, built, built in, bunch of, central italy, characteristic, construct, contemporary, corners, culture, custom

Background imageErecting Collection: The interior of the Capella Palatina in Palermo around 1850, the palace chapel was built in

The interior of the Capella Palatina in Palermo around 1850, the palace chapel was built in the Norman-Arabic-Byzantine
1 person, 1900s, 19th-century, artful, artfully, artistic, artistically, arts, attraction, attractions, black, black-and-white, black-white, building, buildings, built, built in, capella palatina

Background imageErecting Collection: Ancient Rome, Colonna Antonina, Antoninus Pius Column, was erected in honour of the Roman Emperor

Ancient Rome, Colonna Antonina, Antoninus Pius Column, was erected in honour of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius by his
altertum, ancient civilizations, ancient times, ancient world, antiquity, antoninus pius, antonius pius, black, black-and-white, black-white, built, built in, construct, contemporary, copy

Background imageErecting Collection: New sign along highway advertises a new enterprise in... Town of Maupin, Oregon, 1939

New sign along highway advertises a new enterprise in... Town of Maupin, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
New sign along highway advertises a new enterprise in the lonely town of Maupin, Oregon. Population 245. [ Town Club Cafe - " A Good Place to Eat" - Open All Night at the Texaco Sign ]

Background imageErecting Collection: New sign along highway advertises a new enterprise in the lonely town of Maupin, Oregon, 1939

New sign along highway advertises a new enterprise in the lonely town of Maupin, Oregon, 1939. Creator: Dorothea Lange
New sign along highway advertises a new enterprise in the lonely town of Maupin, Oregon. Population 245. [ Town Club Cafe - " A Good Place to Eat" - Open All Night at the Texaco Sign ]

Background imageErecting Collection: Hoisting the Union Jack in the Far North, illustration from The Romance of Canada (colour litho)

Hoisting the Union Jack in the Far North, illustration from The Romance of Canada (colour litho)
IL283072 Hoisting the Union Jack in the Far North, illustration from The Romance of Canada (colour litho) by Stott, W.R.S. (1878-1939); Private Collection; British, out of copyright

Background imageErecting Collection: Messrs Howell and Cos New Premises, erecting in Cardiff (engraving)

Messrs Howell and Cos New Premises, erecting in Cardiff (engraving)
6018929 Messrs Howell and Cos New Premises, erecting in Cardiff (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Messrs Howell and Cos New Premises, erecting in Cardiff)

Background imageErecting Collection: Progress of the International Exhibition Building, French Workmen erecting Stands in the French

Progress of the International Exhibition Building, French Workmen erecting Stands in the French Court (engraving)
1620239 Progress of the International Exhibition Building, French Workmen erecting Stands in the French Court (engraving) by English School

Background imageErecting Collection: Erection of the Luxor Obelisk, Paris, 1836 (engraving)

Erection of the Luxor Obelisk, Paris, 1836 (engraving)
977898 Erection of the Luxor Obelisk, Paris, 1836 (engraving) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Erection of the Luxor Obelisk, Paris, 1836.); © Look and Learn

Background imageErecting Collection: Statue of King William the Third, now erecting in St Jamess Square, London (engraving)

Statue of King William the Third, now erecting in St Jamess Square, London (engraving)
602921 Statue of King William the Third, now erecting in St Jamess Square, London (engraving) by Rawle, Samuel (1771-1860); Private Collection; (add.info.: Statue of King William the Third)

Background imageErecting Collection: South Abutments and Piers of Victoria Bridge, showing the Scaffolding employed for Erecting

South Abutments and Piers of Victoria Bridge, showing the Scaffolding employed for Erecting the Tubes (engraving)
2771832 South Abutments and Piers of Victoria Bridge, showing the Scaffolding employed for Erecting the Tubes (engraving) by English School

Background imageErecting Collection: Transit of Venus Observations at Kerguelen Island, erecting Buildings at the Chief Station

Transit of Venus Observations at Kerguelen Island, erecting Buildings at the Chief Station (engraving)
1611716 Transit of Venus Observations at Kerguelen Island, erecting Buildings at the Chief Station (engraving) by Robinson

Background imageErecting Collection: Plaster decoration at the New Oxford Theatre

Plaster decoration at the New Oxford Theatre
A workman seen high up in the roof of the New Oxford Theatre in the process of erecting plaster decoration from Messrs. White Allom for Charles B. Cochran

Background imageErecting Collection: Erecting Aeroplanes, by Muirhead Bone, WW1

Erecting Aeroplanes, by Muirhead Bone, WW1
Erecting Aeroplanes -- an RE8, 2-seater reconnaissance plane being built at the Coventry Ordnance Works, February 1917, lithograph by Muirhead Bone, First World War. 1917

Background imageErecting Collection: The Land Agitation in Ireland, erecting a Police Hut at New Pallas, Limerick (engraving)

The Land Agitation in Ireland, erecting a Police Hut at New Pallas, Limerick (engraving)
1037565 The Land Agitation in Ireland, erecting a Police Hut at New Pallas, Limerick (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Land Agitation in Ireland)

Background imageErecting Collection: Raising the May-Pole (engraving)

Raising the May-Pole (engraving)
981875 Raising the May-Pole (engraving) by Goodall, Frederick (1822-1904) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Raising the May-Pole. Digitally cleaned image.); Look and Learn / Elgar Collection

Background imageErecting Collection: Site of the Model Lodging-House, erecting by the General Society for Improving the Dwellings of

Site of the Model Lodging-House, erecting by the General Society for Improving the Dwellings of the Working Classes
1601711 Site of the Model Lodging-House, erecting by the General Society for Improving the Dwellings of the Working Classes (engraving) by English School

Background imageErecting Collection: Since 13 August 1961 the state frontier of the German Democratic Republic with West Berlin has

Since 13 August 1961 the state frontier of the German Democratic Republic with West Berlin has been reliably protected
3638395 Since 13 August 1961 the state frontier of the German Democratic Republic with West Berlin has been reliably protected by the National Peoples Army

Background imageErecting Collection: Oswald erecting the Cross (engraving)

Oswald erecting the Cross (engraving)
2792994 Oswald erecting the Cross (engraving) by Townsend, Frederick Henry (1868-1920); Private Collection; (add.info.: Oswald erecting the Cross)

Background imageErecting Collection: Mechanics (colour litho)

Mechanics (colour litho)
2795446 Mechanics (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mechanics. Double page illustration contained in one of the series of Les Recreations Instructives)

Background imageErecting Collection: A South African Gold-Field, Witwatersrand, Transvaal (engraving)

A South African Gold-Field, Witwatersrand, Transvaal (engraving)
1595980 A South African Gold-Field, Witwatersrand, Transvaal (engraving) by Loye, Charles Auguste (Montbard) (1841-1905); Private Collection; (add.info.: A South African Gold-Field, Witwatersrand)

Background imageErecting Collection: Communards constructing barricades around the July Column on the Place de la Bastille

Communards constructing barricades around the July Column on the Place de la Bastille, Paris Commune, 1871 (engraving)
6001303 Communards constructing barricades around the July Column on the Place de la Bastille, Paris Commune, 1871 (engraving) by European School

Background imageErecting Collection: Demonstration by the Tenants Union in Paris (colour litho)

Demonstration by the Tenants Union in Paris (colour litho)
2779793 Demonstration by the Tenants Union in Paris (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Demonstration by the Tenants Union in Paris)




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From the AE Erecting Shop in 1927 to the construction of Lenin's mausoleum, erecting structures has always been a testament to human ingenuity and efficiency. During World War Two, the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps played a vital role in erecting Nissen Huts for various purposes. In 1945, the building of prefabricated houses showcased remarkable speed as they were erected within just three hours. The AE Erecting Shop, established in 1927, stands as a symbol of craftsmanship and dedication. Swindon Works offered a mesmerizing view during the 1930s with its bustling activity and ongoing erection projects. Even the Royal Navy took part in erecting an awning, showcasing their versatility beyond maritime duties. However, it was on Red Square where history unfolded with both Lenin's mausoleum and its temporary counterpart being meticulously constructed. Post-World War Two reconstruction saw temporary buildings taking shape at Bristol Aeroplane Company's factory at Barwell in 1947. These structures served as beacons of hope amidst rebuilding efforts. Throughout time, whether it be constructing Nissen Huts or iconic landmarks like Lenin's mausoleum, humanity has proven that we can rise above challenges by skillfully erecting structures that stand strong against adversity.