What is a Paid Image Search?
We hold over 26 million historical aerial photographs. Only a small proportion of these have been digitised and uploaded to our website.
All of our catalogued finding aids are available on our website. These finding aids allow you to search for, and identify, millions of aerial photographs which have not yet been digitised. To find aerial photography, Browse by Map to your area of interest and click 'See finding aids in this area'. You can examine these in detail with a website subscription.
You can ask us to search our catalogue on your behalf, by requesting a Paid Image Search. We conduct the search required to fulfil your request and provide you with a Search Report. We charge £15 (+VAT) per 15 minutes for this service. We always supply a quotation and require payment before starting a search. We may make an additional charge to provide a quotation for a search of a linear route or an area greater than 10 square kilometers.
Paid search requests must be submitted through our Paid Search order form.
We cannot undertake a search without detailed geographical and date-range information. For detailed guidance on what is required please consult our Paid Search guidelines.
An example Paid Image Search
See an example of a Paid Search report for images from 1944 of an area in Lent, The Netherlands. This search took 90 minutes to complete and would therefore cost £90 (+VAT).
Our standard service takes 15 working days.
Did you know that you can purchase digital images online?
Simply locate your image and click "buy". Images ordered for personal-use can be accessed immediately after payment.
We offer two levels of paid-for subscriptions.
Zoomable Images and Finding Aids allows you to zoom and pan an ever-growing number of Finding Aids as well as the aerial images. Finding aids are maps showing the geographic area covered by each photograph within a sortie or mission. Use them to identify and order copies of photographs that have not yet been digitised.