May 25, 2022

Aerial Imagery: "Britain From the Air" Imagery Now Available Online

From an Ordnance Survey Announcement (via

100 stunning aerial images which form part of an extraordinary outdoor exhibition can now be viewed on a new interactive map created using Ordnance Survey data.

In September 2010 Michael Palin, President of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) officially opened the Britain from the Air street gallery in the historic centre of Bath. The outdoor exhibition was created by the Society jointly with street gallery pioneers WeCommunic8, and supported by Ordnance Survey.

The exhibition is free to view and accessible 24 hours a day, offering visitors the opportunity to see Britain as they have never seen it before through 100 stunning images, which capture Britain’s beauty as seen from its skies. The photographs reveal mountain valleys carved by glaciers, saw-toothed coastlines edged by glistening waters, abandoned villages and transport networks, telling their story with text, historical images from the Society’s Collections, and maps.


From March 2011 the exhibition was made available online thanks to the highly detailed online mapping service from Ordnance Survey, OS OpenSpace. The free online service allows developers to create individual maps, and with the help of OS OpenSpace Web-Map Builder, users – in this case the Society – can now easily add markers, routes and search functionality to their web map without having to write a single line of code.

The new Britain from the Air online map allows visitors to zoom and pan across the country clicking on the many icons to view and read in more detail about the image. On the map all the images have been grouped into nine broad themes, each shown by an icon. For example, to find images of amazing coastlines click on the bucket and spade icon; to see historic and iconic buildings, click on the castle icon.

Direct to Britain From the Air Online

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