National Collection of Aerial Photography

Summary

The National Collection of Aerial Photography is a photographic archive in Edinburgh, Scotland, containing 26 million aerial photographs of worldwide historic events and places. From 2008–2015 it was part of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland[1] and since then it has been a sub-brand of Historic Environment Scotland. Many of the aerial reconnaissance photographs were taken during the Second World War and the Cold War, and were declassified and released by the Ministry of Defence. The collection also contains over 1.8 million aerial photographs of Scotland,[2] during and in the years after the Second World War, as well as post-war Ordnance Survey, and over 10 million images of international sites as part of The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives (TARA). The collection contains both military declassified and non-military aerial photographs from over a dozen different national and international organisations.

NCAP’s historical aerial photography is primarily used to locate unexploded Second World War bombs by European bomb disposal companies[3] and in historical, archaeological and climate change research.[4] It is also used for documentaries and dramas on television and in film.[5][6][7]

CollectionsEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • Cowley, Dave C, Crawford, James, (2009) Above Scotland: The National Collection of Aerial Photography, RCAHMS. ISBN 978-1902419626
  • Bailey, Rebecca M, Crawford, James, Williams, Allan (2010) Above Scotland Cities: The National Collection of Aerial Photography, RCAHMS. ISBN 978-1-902419-65-7
  • Crawford, James, (2012) Scotland's Landscapes: The National Collection of Aerial Photography, RCAHMS. ISBN 978-1902419824
  • Hanson, William S., Oltean, Ioana A., editors (2012) Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives, Springer Science & Business Media. ISBN 978-1461445050
  • Williams, Allan (2013) Operation Crossbow: The Untold Story of Photographic Intelligence and the Search For Hitler's V Weapons, Random House. ISBN 978-1848093072

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Williams, Allan (2013) Operation Crossbow: The Untold Story of Photographic Intelligence and the Search For Hitler's V Weapons
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey Air Photo Mosaics, 1944-1950 - National Library of Scotland".
  3. ^ Curry, Andrew (9 April 2012). "Firm Uses Historic Aerial Photos to Find Unexploded WWII Bombs". Der Spiegel.
  4. ^ "Scanning of historical aerial photography • the Southern Coastal Group and SCOPAC".
  5. ^ Ritchie, Gayle. "Hidden underwater: The secrets of Scotland's submerged ruins".
  6. ^ "Scotland from the Sky - the closest you can get to time travel".
  7. ^ "BBC One - RAF at 100 with Ewan and Colin McGregor".

External linksEdit

  • Official website of the National Collection of Aerial Photography
  • Official website of Historic Environment Scotland

Coordinates: 55°55′25″N 3°17′56″W / 55.92361°N 3.29889°W / 55.92361; -3.29889