HISTORIC buildings in Widnes and Runcorn are to be included in one of the world's biggest free on-line picture libraries.
And now Images of England, a major project backed by more than £3m of Heritage Lottery cash, has finally been relaunched thanks to the improving foot and mouth situation across the UK, after spending months in limbo.
Now the group is calling on skilled photographers in Halton to take pictures of local historic sites.
Sites selected from the Widnes area to be featured in the library include a brick sewer vent at Millbrow, Gossages Tower on Mersey Road, the cemetery chapel on Birchfield Road, Widnes Town Hall and Widnes north railway station in Hough Green.
Sites in Runcorn include the Castle Hotel on Castle Road, the Old Quay Bridge and The Heath market cross.
Local photographers who plan to offer their services to help compile the staggering collection of images of listed building and landmarks are being urged to follow 'sensible precautions' until access restrictions are completely lifted from all rural areas.
Volunteers are asked to take a simple exterior shot of the individual buildings which will appear on the project's official website along with a description.
They are required to carry an ID card and to hand a copy of an information leaflet to the property's owner.
By the end of 2002 a comprehensive collection of up-to-the-minute images of the country's building heritage will be fully accessible to the public at the click of a mouse button.
Some of the early images can be seen on a prototype website www.imagesofengland.org.uk which is already running.
Victoria Fenner, Images of England project manager, said: 'Since the photographic survey started we have had a terrific response from our photographers.
'Together they are creating a unique millennial photographic record of England's heritage for the future.'
Project spokeswoman Ann Vink said: 'We are looking for volunteers in the Halton area, preferably people who are at least in a camera club and who know what to look for in a good picture. They must be able to capture a defining image of the selected buildings in a single picture.
Photographers interested in taking part in the project should contact 01793 414580 for further details.