RAF Museum and English Heritage collaborate on Britain from Above

Date Posted: 05/02/2014

The RAF Museum and English Heritage have collaborated on an exhibition which promises some breath-taking images taken from on-board aircraft. Aerofilms: Britain from Above runs from 20th February 2014 to 1st March 2015.

As well as images, the exhibition also includes aerial cameras; a Spitfire; and Aerofilms’ own A5 Autograph machine.

Aerofilms and its contribution to World War Two

In 1919, at the site where the RAF Museum now stands in Hendon, north London, the world’s first firm of commercial aerial photographers – Aerofilms – was established.

For the next 80 years Aerofilms captured Britain’s villages, towns, cities and landmarks from the air which provided views of the development of Britain’s rural and urban landscape throughout the 20th century.

At the outset of World War Two the company was requisitioned by the Air Ministry, with its aerial interpretation skills making an invaluable contribution to the war effort.

Iconic aircraft such as the Spitfire - featured in the exhibition - proved invaluable for this purpose. After the war, Aerofilms once again took to the skies, photographing the rapidly changing face of Britain’s urban centres and rural landscapes. 

School groups can also access over 95,000 images dating from 1919 to 1953 online at the project’s dedicated, interactive website www.britainfromabove.org.uk.

For further school trip information visit www.rafmuseum.org.uk.

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