England, Wales and Northern Ireland aerial photography
The following links are to organisations holding aerial photography of England, Wales and Northern Ireland:
CRAPW: See the attached file for information about the Central Register of Aerial Photographs for Wales (CRAPW). For more imagery of Wales see RCAHMW.
Historic England Archive: The Historic England Archive holds the largest public archive of aerial photography covering England.
RCAHMW: The National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) holds a major public archive of aerial photography of Wales. For more photography of Wales see CRAPW.
PRONI: The Public Records of Northern Ireland (PRONI) holds the largest public archive of aerial photography of Northern Ireland. For more information about their holdings please search the PRONI eCatalogue using the PRONI Reference "AM".
CUCAP: The Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs (CUCAP) holds aerial photography created by the University since 1947 of locations throughout the United Kingdom.
Worldwide aerial photography
The following links are to organisations holding aerial photography, or related records, of locations throughout the world.
CUCAP: The Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs (CUCAP) holds aerial photography created by the University since 1947 of locations across northern Europe.
Dutch Topographical Service: In addition to their own aerial photography, the Dutch Topographical Service holds Allied aerial photography (mainly of The Netherlands) from the Second World War.
The Italian National Collection of Aerial Photography: This collection contains Allied / Axis aerial photography from the Second World War.
Imperial War Museum: The Photograph Archive at the Imperial War Musuem holds the largest collection of British aerial photography from the First World War. It also holds selected aerial photography from the Second World War onwards.
The National Archives: Intelligence documents created using ACIU and JARIC aerial photography are held by The National Archives. It also holds much aerial photography, within records, that are not held by NCAP or other archives.
NAPL: The National Air Photo Library of Canada holds photography of the country from the 1920s onwards.
NARA: The Cartographical and Architectural Section of the United States National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) holds aerial photography of locations throughout the world. It holds Allied and Axis photography from the Second World War and postwar aerial and satellite imagery declassifed by the United States Government.
RAF Museum: The RAF Museum (London) Photograph Collection covers the history of British military aviation. It holds a number of small collections of aerial photography.
Smithsonian: The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC has a permanent exhibition, Looking at Earth, devoted to the history and science of aerial and orbital imagery of the Earth.
Wageningen: The University of Wageningen Library holds Allied aerial photography (mainly of The Netherlands) created during the Second World War.
Aerial photography and geospatial interest groups
AARG: The Aerial Archaeology Research Group (AARG) provides a forum for those involved in aerial photography, archaeology and landscape history.
British Cartographic Society: The British Cartographic Society (BCS) promotes cartography to a wide range of users.
Charles Close Society: The Society publishes articles on the Ordnance Survey and related topics.
DSA: The Defence Surveyors Association (DSA) maintains a liaison between serving / retired personnel who have worked in the UK defence domain where the focus is environmental information, hydrographic, oceanographic and geographic surveys, locating and target acquisition, navigation, and geospatial intelligence.
Medmenham Association & Collection: The Medmenham Association (formerly known as the Medmenham Club) was established in 1946 to maintain the camaraderie enjoyed by the photographic interpreters (PIs) who served in the Allied Central Interpretation Unit (ACIU) at RAF Medmenham during the Second World War.
Archives networks & catalogues
You can search for other organisations holding aerial photography, and related records, using the following online databases:
A2A: Access to Archives (A2A) provides access to catalogues describing archives held in England and Wales.
Archives Hub: This provides access to catalogues describing archives held by UK Universities and Colleges.
ARCHON: The ARCHON Directory is held by The National Archives. It includes contact details for record repositories in the United Kingdom.
NRA: The National Register of Archives (NRA) is held by The National Archives. It contains information on the nature and location of historical records that relate to British history.
NRAS: The National Register of Archives for Scotland (NRAS) is held by the National Archives of Scotland. It contains information on records in private hands and private papers deposited in Scottish libraries and museums.
SCAN: The Scottish Archives Network (SCAN) online catalogue allows you to obtain information about collections of historical records throughout Scotland.
UNESCO Archives Portal: Provides access to websites of archives throughout the world.
BBC - Britain From Above: Website created for landmark BBC TV series first broadcast in 2008. Contains features on historical aerial imagery and allows you to watch all the programmes (if resident in the UK).
CIA World Factbook: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Factbook provides useful reference maps of countries throughout the world.
Geoportail: An internet portal where georeferenced information data and services provided by national organisations in France can be accessed and viewed.
Ordnance Survey: The national mapping agency in Great Britain. The Ordnance Survey (OS) is the key source of accurate and current geographic data.
USGS EarthExplorer: The United States Geological Survey (USGS) EarthExplorer allows users to search for different types of aerial and satellite imagery of locations throughout the world.
Historical military maps
Much of the declassified aerial imagery at TARA was used to create military maps. The mapping supported military operations and provided a means to geo-catalogue aerial imagery. The following links are to organisations holding this mapping:
Cambridge University: The Map Room at the University Library allows access to British GSGS military mapping released by the UK Ministry of Defence.
McMaster University: Online access to British GSGS and US Army Map Service maps of Europe, courtesy of McMaster University Library.
National Library of Scotland: The Map Library at the National Library of Scotland (NLS) allows access to British GSGS military mapping released by the UK Ministry of Defence.
National Library of Wales: The Map Library at the National Library of Wales (NLW) allows access to British GSGS military mapping released by the UK Ministry of Defence.
Oxford University: The Map Room at the Bodleian Library allows access to British GSGS military mapping released by the UK Ministry of Defence.
Royal Geographical Society: The Foyle Reading Room allows access to some British GSGS military mapping released by the UK Ministry of Defence.
US Library of Congress: The Geography and Map Reading Room allows access to AMS military mapping released by the US Government.
Geospatial intelligence agencies
DGIFC: The Defence Geospatial Intelligence Fusion Centre, formerly known as the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre (JARIC), provides the British Government with geospatial intelligence from aerial imagery and other sources, in support of defence and national interests. The majority of imagery held at NCAP was declassified and released by the UK Ministry of Defence from JARIC.
DIGO: The Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation (DIGO) provides the Australian Government with geospatial intelligence, from aerial imagery and other sources, in support of defence and national interests.
NGA: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) provides the United States Government with geospatial intelligence, from aerial imagery and other sources, in support of defence and national interests.
Online virtual globes
The following links are to online virtual globes. These can be used to create kml polygons required from customers requesting a Paid Search.
Bing Maps: A web based virtual globe owned and developed by Microsoft. The 'birds eye' feature provides access to oblique imagery.
Google Earth: A virtual globe owned and developed by Google for use on multiple platforms. The release of Google Earth in 2005 prompted a growing public interest in geospatial technologies and applications.
NASA World Wind: An open source virtual globe developed by NASA for use on PCs running Microsoft Windows. The programme provides access to NASA and USGS satellite imagery, aerial imagery, topographic maps and publicly available GIS data.