The Defence Geographic Centre (DGC) provides geographic information to UK defence and government departments. It delivers this through mapping, aeronautical charts, geo-referenced aerial imagery and digital data.
The DGC collection contains over 2,000 aerial photographs of locations around the world, dating from 1924-1945. The photography was taken by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy for the Geographical Section, General Staff (GSGS). GSGS then used the photographs to provide a baseline for the creation of maps, for issue to British and Commonwealth forces. The historical aerial photography held by DGC was transferred to NCAP in 2017.
|An example image from the DGC Collection, showing contour annotations on imagery of Valletta, Malta, in 1927.|
Territories covered by photography in the collection include Egypt, Hong Kong, Libya and Malta. As photography from this collection is catalogued and digitised, it is uploaded to our website.