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Following the advice of UK and Scottish Governments, NCAP has now returned to limited operations in our offices.

We are now able to process orders for not-yet-digitised aerial imagery, to revised delivery timescales.

Essential Maintenance

HES is currently undertaking essential maintenance on our web services. This will limit access to services in the following ways:

- Subscription access for HES online services will be unavailable (Scran, NCAP)

- Image purchasing options will be limited (Canmore, Britain from Above, Scran, NCAP)

- Any enhanced services which require a log in will be unavailable (My Canmore, Britain from Above contributions, Scran contribute)


General access to these services will all continue. Enquiries will still be able to be submitted.

We anticipate services to be restored from Monday 1st February 2021.




Directorate of Overseas Surveys

Between 1946 and 1984, the Directorate of Overseas Surveys (DOS) was responsible for mapping those parts of the Commonwealth which had no surveying capability of their own, to aid their administration and development. To provide a basis for cartography, DOS contracted comprehensive aerial surveys of each country. In 2012, these aerial photographs were transferred to NCAP, to secure their long-term future. Over 1.5 Million images now await further cataloguing.
This gallery provides an introduction to the DOS Collection, and illustrates the varied landscapes captured on aerial film and recorded by DOS surveyors. In this gallery, contrasting agricultural practices can be seen, with wide swathes of Kenya undergoing enclosure in an expansion of plantation agriculture, while poorly-connected villages in Nigeria practice subsistence farming. Contrasting geological landscapes are visible in images of the volcanic Great Rift Valley in Kenya and the karst limestone terrain of central Jamaica, while images of Hong Kong illustrate the pressure of human activities on the natural environment.