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  • Britain from Above was a four year project from 2010 to 2014 aimed at conserving 95,000 of the oldest and most valuable photographs in the Aerofilms collection, those dating from 1919 to 1953.
  • Once you have registered, you can use the zoom function to explore the image detail.
  • The Aerofilms collection itself includes 1.26 million negatives and more than 2000 photograph albums. It includes the largest and most significant number of air photographs of Britain taken before 1939.
    Open Resource Now British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies in the world.
    Their roots lie in 1890s Paris where their founder, Charles Pathé, pioneered the development of the moving image. They were established in London in 1902, and by 1910 were producing their famous bi-weekly newsreel the Pathé Gazette.
    After the First World War they started producing various Cinemagazines as well. By 1930 they were producing the Gazette, the Pathetone Weekly, the Pathé Pictorial and Eve's Film Review, covering entertainment, culture and women's issues.
    By the time Pathé finally stopped producing the cinema newsreel in 1970, they had accumulated 3,500 hours of filmed history amounting to over 90,000 individual items.
    Over the last 30 years this material has been used extensively around the world in television programmes, home videos, advertisments, corporate productions and, most recently, in web publishing.
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  • Geograph Britain & Ireland is a web-based project, launched in 2005 and sponsored by the Ordnance Survey, to create a freely accessible archive of geographically representative photographs for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • All photographs are licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.
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  • The Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR) collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain & Ireland from 1801 to 1937.