Taking a look at the past, from above

Heritage Calling

Regina Papachlimitzou is the Activity Team Support Officer for Britain from Above, and joined the team in February 2013. The project is a four year Heritage Lottery funded project run by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland and Wales, and involves the conservation, digitisation and cataloguing of 95,000 negatives from the Aerofilms collection. 

Imagine you are a Britain from Above cataloguer looking at an Aerofilms image. There are some things you may already know about the image, such as when it was taken; where it was taken; what it shows.

Here are some things you can’t know: in Stevenage, there used to be a cinema with a leaky roof and if you were braving one of the twelve balcony seats, you needed an umbrella. The wooden lifeguard boats on the beach below St George’s Church in Cullercoats provided great shelter for…

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