I was intrigued to see that the National Archives have just launched a digital version of their Design Collection that gives access to more than a thousand designs dating from the mid-nineteenth century until 1991. By opening up this collection, they hope to inspire artists and designers to produce new and exciting works.
Fashion designers and interior designers alike will be able to create new ranges inspired by heritage styles and artists will be able to look for inspiration from colours and textures used in previous eras. Users can filter the collection by pattern, theme, colour and date range to find the designs that appeal to them most, and can then download an unlimited number.
Unfortunately, the service is not free, but there is a introductory offer until 28 January 2015 that gives 70% off the first year's subscription. If you'd like more information about the collection, why not visit their website?