26 June 2012

Britain from Above - historic aerial images

Do you know where this was taken?

This is one of the 'mystery' images from the Britain from Above website, launched this week by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales.

More than 16,000 images from one of the earliest, most significant collections of aerial photography of the UK, are now freely available, for the first time.

The whole collection presents an unparalleled picture of the changing face of Britain in the 20th century.

Included are some of the oldest and most valuable images from the unique Aerofilms Collection, an important archive of over one million aerial photographs taken between 1919-2006.  Many were taken by ex-First World War pilots, from extremely low altitudes.

Britain from Above aims to conserve 95,000 of these unique photographs, dating from 1919-1953. 

Register to zoom into these evocative photographs, identify mystery images, add information and keywords.  Help to tell the story of these historic aerial images.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had a look at this collection after seeing a link from the BBC site. Endlessly facsinating