The imagery derived from RAF photographic sheets that were previously
subject to censorship - with many military sites removed or clouds
painted over secret installations - can be seen in their entirety
thanks to the efforts made into uncovering the MOD sites and replacing
the censored material. This extensive research, undertaken by
UKAerialPhotos.com's partner, The GeoInformation Group, means the
records now provide a breadth of detail not accessible via traditional
UKAerialPhotos.com offers professionals such as planners and architects
a valuable online resource. Additionally, with the current boom in
local historical interest and genealogy, those researching their family
tree will be able to track down an ancestor's now demolished
neighbourhood or learn how their area has changed and developed.
Spokesperson, Christine Bool, says: "The growing interest in
local history and genealogy has given us added impetus to make this
fascinating historic photography available to a wider audience, and
provide an insight into wartime and postwar Britain. For example it is
possible to see military bases in certain city parks, docks full of
steam powered shipping and northern factories belching out smoke from
brick chimneys. The comparison with modern Britain is startling.
Users can search by town, village, postcode or map grid reference.
Imagery can be previewed for free, with more detailed photos available
Digital imagery can be downloaded and used in graphics packages or
printed out. More imagery from hidden archives will be revealed to
expand the online archive in the coming months and years.