Britain From Above: Take a virtual tour of the UK's past with amazing aerial shots

Take a virtual tour of the UK’s past with these amazing aerial shots of Britain taken between 1919 and 1953.

Britain From Above: www.britainfromabove.org.uk

Forget Google Maps, this website lets you take a tour of the UK in the first half of the 20th century.

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Britain From Above features photos from the Aerofilms collection, a unique archive of more than 1.26 million negatives and over 2,000 photographic albums. They span the period from 1919 all the way to 2006, but Britain From Above focuses on 95,000 images taken between 1919 and 1953. They’ve been scanned and made available on the site.

Sign up and you can zoom in for an amazing degree of detail. A lot of the photos don’t have much info on them as they’re so rare, but you can contribute your own local knowledge and memories.

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The project was made possible thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery and support from The Foyle Foundation, among other donors. Using it, you can see how your neighbourhood has changed over the last century, or just catch a fascinating insight into the Britain of days gone by.

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