Explore Your Archive 2017: The Story of Aerial Photography
Learn from our experts through free talks, a behind the scenes tour and our open day. Delve into the fascinating work of the Archive at one of our events:
Free behind the scenes tour 2pm - 3:30pm Monday 20 November
Join our experts as they take you on a behind the scenes tour of our Archive in Swindon. You’ll have a chance to see the range of material held in the Archive, and will find out how it can be used for research.
Free evening talk 6pm - 8pm Tuesday 21 November
The Aerial Photographic Collections held by the Historic England Archive
Mike Evans , Head of Archive, and Katy Whitaker, Assistant Listing Adviser, will talk about the aerial photographic collections held by the Archive. There will also be original Archive material for you to view.
Free evening talk - 6pm - 8pm Thursday 23 November
The History of Aerial Photography, from the Victorians to Modern Technology
Martyn Barber, Senior Investigator, Aerial Investigation and Mapping, and Damian Grady, National Aerial Reconnaissance Manager, will showcase the development of aerial photography, from the early balloonists to modern day aerial reconnaissance. There will also be original Archive material for you to view.
Discover local history at our family open day, with a range of free activities
On Saturday 25 November, from 11am – 3pm, the Archive will be holding an open day at our offices in Swindon. This free event will include a series of talks, displays, and tours, focussing on our aerial photographic collections. We’ll also be running a range of activities for children, including paper aeroplane competitions, model making, dressing up and detective work to discover how Swindon and the surrounding area has changed over time.
Explore our collections of aerial photography, from early balloon flights to present day aerial reconnaissance
You can search over 100,000 aerial photographs of Britain, taken by Aerofilms Ltd, at Britain from Above
View highlights of our collections on our Google Arts and Culture page.
Find out more about our aerial photography:
Books and gifts
Historic England has produced a number of fascinating books on the subject including these:
An aerial photo of a favourite place can also make a great gift. You can order a range of gifts from our selection here:
Find more Explore Your Archive events
This website provided by the The National Archive helps you to search for more archive activities around the UK:
Explore Your Archive Image Gallery
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