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We are very excited here at OldAerialPhotos! We have just had confirmation that in the very near future we will be able to add over 50,000 more historical photos to the database. These photos will cover areas that we know we are currently lacking a d go back to the 60s.

More details to follow. I am going to go and lie down down, it is just too much excitement!

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OldAerialPhotos.com a division of Bluesky International Limited has signed a reseller agreement with Landmark, Britain’s leading supplier of land and property search information. The deal will see the UK’s largest collection of historically important commercial aerial photographs being made available through the Envirocheck website further helping professional users to make informed decisions based on comprehensive environmental site assessment information. The million plus photographs, from the Old Aerial Photos archive, date back as far as 1917 and include some of the earliest commercial survey images, military photography and many national archives.

Envirocheck.co.uk brings together the best environmental information and digital mapping in one simple to use package. Delivering details of contaminated land, pollution, flooding and flood prevention schemes, landfill sites, hazardous substances, geological features and industrial or sensitive land uses, the basic Envirocheck report includes Data Sheets, Site Sensitivity Maps and Historical site plans.

The Old Aerial Photos images will be offered on the Envirocheck website as a value added service and registered users can select images from detailed search results, including the age and ground coverage of every image that matches the search criteria, with the file supplied as a digital image.

“Although often quoted it is none the less true ‘a picture (really does) paint a thousand words’ so the addition of the Old Aerial Photos to the Envirocheck solution will really help uncover and bring to life potentially important environmental information,” commented David Mole, Managing Director of Landmark Environment.

Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky commented, “This is an important agreement for the future development and preservation of the archive. Landmark is a leader in the field of land and property search information and the interest they can generate will be used to further enhance the collection.”

Old Aerial Photos that are available to purchase from Envirocheck.co.uk include some of the earliest commercial aerial survey images, military photography from World War II and many national archives. Offering a record of most major UK cities and towns, transport and utility infrastructure and commercial property developments, the images are an invaluable resource for anyone with a personal or professional interest in local studies, genealogy, boundary disputes, environmental land use research or town planning.

OldAerialPhotos.com is a division of Bluesky International Limited.

Aerial survey specialist, Bluesky, has launched a new web service offering an online window to the largest collection of UK based historical aerial photographs. Visitors to http://www.oldaerialphotos.com can search through millions of aerial images dating back as far as the 1940s by simply entering a postcode, address or grid reference. Detailed search results, including the age and ground coverage, of every image that matches the search criteria are displayed and the visitor can choose to purchase either a hard copy print or digital image file. www.oldaerialphotos.com is a division of Bluesky.

“This is a very important development for anyone with a personal or professional interest in the past,” said Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky. “By giving visitors to http://www.oldaerialphotos.com the ability to search through literally millions of images with just a few clicks of a mouse we are bringing together for the first time a valuable and comprehensive record of our past. Many of these images have previously only been available to archivists or those with specialist knowledge of how to find them, now it will be easy for everyone to search through these historic collections.”

Visitors to http://www.oldaerialphotos.com can search through almost a million historically significant collections of both vertical and oblique aerial photography. Through an ambitious and ongoing acquisition programme and agreements with a number of historically important private, commercial and government organisations Bluesky has already secured, and will continue to do so, unrivalled access to a photographic record of the country’s past. Bluesky’s own team of photographic experts have collated and formatted information about every image creating a Master Aerial Database that powers the online service.

Images that are available to purchase from www.oldaerialphotos.com include some of the earliest commercial aerial survey images, fascinating military photography from World War II and one of the largest collections of oblique photography in the UK. Offering a record of most major UK cities and towns, transport and utility infrastructure and commercial property developments http://www.oldaerialphotos.com is an invaluable resource for anyone with a personal or professional interest in local studies, genealogy, boundary disputes, environmental land use research or town planning.

OldAerialPhotos has acquired access to the UK’s largest collection of commercial aerial survey photographs and have made many of them available online. Following an agreement between Bluesky, of which OldAerialPhotos is a division, and Blom Aerofilms, photographs dating from the 1950s held on about 7,000 original films are available to purchase from www.oldaerialphotos.com.

Many of the images have never previously been available to purchase online. These were captured by some of the most prestigious names in the UK aerial survey industry, including Fairey, Huntings, Simmons, Clyde and Engineering Surveys – all part of Blom Aerofilms’s UK heritage. The agreement also covers the housing and management of the original films at Bluesky’s dedicated film archive facility.

Visitors to http://www.oldaerialphotos.com can already search through nearly a million aerial photos dating back to the early part of the last century by simply entering a postcode, address or grid reference. Detailed search results, including the age and ground coverage, of every photo that matches the search criteria are displayed and the visitor can choose to purchase either a hard copy print or digital image file.

The enormous task of processing the films and transferring information about the imagery to the online search engine will take place at Bluesky’s image processing facility in Coalville, Leicestershire. This is likely to take several months.

For Blom Aerofilms, these images represent a 90-year history of the company as one of Europe’s leading specialists in aerial imagery, plotting work undertaken over many years for local authorities, public bodies and commercial organisations across the UK and beyond. “It’s a unique and specialist collection, and we hope that many people with both a commercial and personal interest will find it as valuable and informative as we have,” commented Gavin Lewis, Sales and Marketing Director at Blom Aerofilms.

“Anyone with an interest in the UK aerial survey will have heard of the above companies and will be excited by the fact that the photos, for the first time ever, will now be available online,” commented David Drabble, Archive Manager at Bluesky. “For those less familiar with the industry it is probably more significant that these historically important photos are being added to what is already the UK’s largest online collection of aerial photography, making oldaerialphotos.com a one stop shop for anyone with a personal or professional interest in the past.”

Photos that are already available to purchase from oldaerialphotos.com include some of the earliest commercial aerial survey images and military photography from World War II and many national archives, including oblique aerial photographs. Offering a record of most major UK cities and towns, transport and utility infrastructure and commercial property developments, oldaerialphotos.com is an invaluable resource for anyone with a personal or professional interest in boundary disputes, local studies, genealogy, environmental land use research or town planning.

Aerial survey specialist Bluesky has launched a new web service designed to help resolve boundary, rights of way, and other land related disputes. Visitors to www.oldaerialphotos.com can now identify and acquire photographic evidence from the past to support their claim and in addition to the historical aerial photomaps a range professional services are also available including Letters of Authenticity, Statutory Declaration and even appearance in court by a professional photographic interpreter. With prices starting from as little as £20 the Old Aerial Photos Legal Service can save time and money, even helping to resolve disputes before they escalate.

“As the saying goes a ‘picture paints a thousand words’ and this is never truer than fully authenticated photograph,” commented James Eddy, Operations Director of Bluesky. “Offering irrefutable evidence an Old Aerial Photo is easily worth a thousand words and can potentially save thousands of pounds in legal fees and court appearances.”

Visitors to http://www.oldaerialphotos.com can search through the millions of aerial images dating back as far as the 1917 by simply entering a postcode, address or grid reference. Detailed search results, including the age and ground coverage, of every image that matches the search criteria are displayed and the visitor can choose to purchase either a hard copy print or digital image file.

The additional services offered by Bluesky as part of the Old Aerial Photos Legal Service include professional archive searches, where trained archivists will search for the most suitable image for you, letters of authenticity, including the exact date and time the photograph was captured and statutory declaration that the photograph is as described and fit for purpose. The Old Aerial Photographs Services Team can also provide a written interpretation of the image, an Affidavit (written evidence for use in court) or even personal courts appearances to provide expert opinion.

Images that are available to purchase from http://www.oldaerialphotos.com include some of the earliest commercial aerial survey images, military photography from World War II and many national archives, including oblique aerial photographs are also available. Offering a record of most major UK cities and towns, transport and utility infrastructure and commercial property developments, http://www.oldaerialphotos.com is an invaluable resource for anyone with a personal or professional interest in local studies, genealogy, boundary disputes, environmental land use research or town planning.

Aerial survey specialist Bluesky has created a highly detailed digital photomap of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in South Wales from archive survey images in conjunction with Old Aerial Photos. Using original film rolls from the early 1990s Bluesky scanned and georeferenced more than 1,000 individual images to create the map-accurate dataset of the Gower Peninsula for the Central Register of Aerial Photography for Wales, part of the Welsh Assembly Government. The images are part of an archive of more than 500,000 historically important photographs, dating back to the 1960s and covering the whole of Wales, England and large parts of Scotland, which are exclusively available from Bluesky.

The Central Register of Aerial Photography for Wales maintains information about all major aerial survey cover of Wales, as well as holding an extensive collection of aerial photographs dating back to the 1940s. The Central Register is a comprehensive source of information and advises all interested parties including divisions of the Government, other public and private sector organisations and members of the public.

“This dataset will complement our existing digital collection as we already hold cover of this area from 2000 and 2006,” said Derek Elliott, Aerial Photographs Officer. “The digital dataset is easy to use and demonstrates the potential that exists both within this and other archive collections.”

The original images are part of an historical aerial photography collection housed and managed by Bluesky. Dating from the early 1960s the collection comprises over 360,000 individual frames stored on 2,000 rolls of film covering the whole of England and Wales and a large proportion of Scotland, at scales ranging from 1: 2,500 to 1:25,000, in black and white and colour.

“This is the first time these images have been available in this form,” said James Eddy, Technical Director of Bluesky. “By using state-of-the-art technology we can produce 21st century solutions from 20th century images, creating a valuable, and irreplaceable, record of landscape change and providing a valuable tool for monitoring coastal erosion, land use change, boundary disputes, urban growth and rural decline as well as providing individuals with an historical record of their own property or neighbourhood.”

Another 3000 photos taken between 2000 and 2006 have recently been added to the OldAerialPhoto.com website. They include a few areas in Scotland, and urban centres such as Nottingham and Milton Keynes. There are also some very interesting aerial photos covering Stonehenge and the surrounding area.

All of these photos belong to the BKS archive of which we are hoping to add more over the coming months. Check out the new photos at http://www.oldaerialphotos.com

Old Aerial Photos are delighted to announce the addition of a new collection to the archive.  Cartographical Surveys Limited (Cartos), Worcester, have a collection of aerial photos dating from the  mid 70s up until 2003.  Following an agreement between Old Aerial Photos and Cartos the entire collection, including films, flight reports, flight diagrams, calibration certificates, has been moved to the Old Aerial Photo storage facility in the Midlands.

It will take some time to get the entire collection up onto the OAP website as the flight plots will need to be digitised, however we will be able to offer the photos through the office in the near future, so please get in touch to find out more.

Visit www.oldaerialphotos.com to find out more, or give Peter a call on 01530 518528.