Changing Britain from the air revealed on Bluesky’s Old Aerial Photos website

April 05, 2011 -- Aerial photography company Bluesky has revealed some of the UK’s most interesting collections of old aerial photographs through the website  With renewed interest in the images following the recent re-screening of BBC 1’s highly popular Britain from the Air series, visitors to the website can search through more than a million aerial photos dating back as far as 1917. 

 “The historic images we have brought together on offer a real insight into the development of every village, town and city in the UK,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky. “We have images from virtually every decade in the last 100 years making this a truly unique resource for anyone with a personal or professional interest in the past. The images have proved an invaluable resource for many customers, including solicitors and expert witnesses, wanting evidence to substantiate their boundary disputes, planning disputes or rights of access claims.”

Visitors to can search by simply entering a postcode, address or grid reference. Detailed search results, including the age and ground coverage, of every image that matches the search criteria are displayed. The photos that are available to purchase from include some of the earliest commercial aerial survey images, military photography from World War II and many national archives.


 Options for purchase include single images (either a print or digital) for reference or local history studies or alternatively a more comprehensive archive photopack.  The pack is a cost effective way to obtain irrefutable evidence for use in boundary disputes and other land based disagreements or studies. Priced at just GBP 175 plus VAT the OldAerialPhotos Photopack contains two digital images; one image of a location and date of choice from the historic collection (subject to availability) and a corresponding image from Bluesky’s most recent survey for comparison purposes.

The Photopack also contains A4 printed versions of each of the aerial photos, a certificate of authenticity detailing information about the photographs such as date and time taken, height etc and confirmation that the image has not been altered and finally a copy of the archive search details and the supporting flight report from the archive scan (where available).



All reader enquiries to Bluesky sales on +44 (0)1530 518 518

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