November 25, 2014

Reference: Britain from Above Launches, A Collection of 16,000 Historical Aerial Images (1919-1953)

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Images were taken between 1919-1953

From The Telegraph:

More than 15,000 images from one of the earliest and most significant collections of aerial photography of Britain are now freely accessible online for the first time.

The photos on the Britain from Above website, launched today, have gone through a painstaking process of conservation and cataloguing.

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Additional Details:

The Britain from Above website is launched today – 25 June 2012 – by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales. It features some of the oldest and most valuable images of the Aerofilms Collection, a unique and important archive of over 1 million aerial photographs taken between 1919 and 2006.

The Aerofilms Collection embodies all that is exciting about aerial photography. Many shots were taken in the early days of aviation by ex-First World War pilots, from extremely low altitudes, a technique which was very dangerous. It shows just how far their pilots were willing to go for a great photograph.

The photographs featuring on the website date from 1919 to 1953, and have gone through a painstaking process of conservation and cataloguing. Due to their age and fragility, many of the earliest plate glass negatives were close to being lost forever.

The Britain from Above website features a high degree of interactivity and is designed to encourage wide public participation. Users can download images, customise their own themed photo galleries, share personal memories, and add information to enrich the understanding for each of the images.

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