English Heritage has just announced funding of over £1.7 million for the conservation and digitisation of over 1 million aerial photographs which were taken over Britain during the 20th century.
Between 1919 and 2006 the company Aerofilms took photographs of Britain from the air for many different reasons. The oblique photographs reveal Britain’s the changing landscape. English Heritage purchased the archive in 2007 and has managed to gain funding of £1,755,772 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and this, together with donations from other sources, will ensure the preservation of this unique archive.
The photographs will be available from a new website ‘Britain from Above’ at the end of 2011.