Margate harbour, Kent

Lighting the Way 

Images of Lighthouses from the RIBA Collections

Of the many navigational aids lighthouses are perhaps the most symbolic and, frequently by virtue of the need to construct them in wild and rugged locations, some of the most challenging to build.

This article about five very different lighthouses from 1543 to 1960 is accompanied by the gallery below showing the wide range of images of lighthouses held in the RIBA Collections.

All of the images are available to download, purchase or license as well as other images here with a nautical theme.  

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RIBA135145Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge, London, at night

 
RIBA135146Distant view of the City of London skyline showing the Gherkin (Swiss Re 30 St Mary Axe), from 'More London'

 
RIBA135147Distant view of the City of London skyline showing the Gherkin (Swiss Re 30 St Mary Axe), from 'More London'


RIBA135148Statue of Eros, Piccadilly, London

 
RIBA135149View of Tower Bridge from near City Hall, London, at dawn

 
RIBA135150Trellick Tower, Cheltenham Estate, Edenham Street, North Kensington, London


RIBA13515102 Arena (Millennium Dome), North Greenwich, London, just before dawn

 
RIBA13515202 Arena (Millennium Dome), North Greenwich, London, at dawn

 
RIBA135153OXO Tower, South Bank, Southwark, London, at night


RIBA1351545 Merchant Square, Paddington Basin, London

 
RIBA1351555 Merchant Square, Paddington Basin, London

 
RIBA135156West End Quay, Paddington Basin, London


RIBA135157West End Quay, Paddington Basin, London

 
RIBA135158West End Quay, Paddington Basin, London

 
RIBA135159Paddington Station. London


RIBA135160Paddington Basin, London: Paddington Station train shed seen from the rear

 
RIBA135161 Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster, London, at night

 
RIBA135162Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London, seen from the Hungerford footbridge at night


RIBA135163Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, at night

 
RIBA135164South Kilburn Estate, London: detail of one of the new blocks along Albert Road

 
RIBA135165South Kilburn Estate, London: detail of one of the new blocks along Albert Road under construction


RIBA135166Southall Central Buildings, London

 
RIBA135167Southall Water Tower, London

 
RIBA135168Southall Water Tower, London


RIBA135169St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, at night

 
RIBA135170St Paul's Cathedral, City of London, at night

 
RIBA135171River Thames from Waterloo Bridge, London


RIBA135172River Thames from Waterloo Bridge, London, looking towards the Houses of Parliament

 
RIBA135173Tower Bridge, London, at night

 
RIBA135174Tower of London, seen from the River Thames, at night


RIBA135175Tower of London, seen from the River Thames, at night

 
RIBA135176Fountain, Trafalgar Square, London, at night

 
RIBA135177Fountains, Trafalgar Square, London, at night