The Britain from Above website will soon be changing. The good news is you’ll still be able to search for and view the fantastic Aerofilms images. You’ll also be able to continue to add your comments, photographs and pins– enabling you to carry on sharing your memories and knowledge about places and buildings with other users of the website. The new site will be designed for use on mobile phones and tablets so you’ll be able to do all of this on the move!
During the life of the Britain from Above project, over 250 Groups were set up by users with interests in specific places or themes. Since the project ended, these have been less active and it now makes sense to freeze the Groups. While this means you won’t be able to start any new groups or add any more content you’ll still be able to view what has been added in the past. We’ll also be highlighting some of the amazing resources which were created by these groups, which are a legacy of the project.
These changes will be taking place over the next few weeks and some functions on this site will be unavailable while we carry out this work.

From 23rd of May until 30th May, users will no longer be able to login or register on this site. Thanks for your patience.

Image Sales


Purchasing Digital Images

Digital images can be purchased directly from the website. An individual image or group of images is added to your basket by clicking the "Buy" button below images. Personal-use purchases are £9.90 per online image, supplied at 300 dpi resolution. A quotation is provided for all other uses.

Completing the Purchase

Click on the basket icon under an image to add it to your basket.  Complete the licence details and your personal details by progressing through the labelled tabs. Click "Order Now" to submit your request.

Order Processing

  • A licence and quotation is sent to you by email usually within a day (often within a few hours).
  • If you change your mind, you can abandon the order or email us to change your requirements.
  • Go to the website link provided in the email to accept licence and pay.
  • When you accept the licence, you commit to purchase.
  • The images can then be downloaded right away.


  • Personal Use Prices start at £9.90 including VAT.
  • Royalties increase for commercial use or distribution
  • Your licence is active after payment.


  • Payment is collected by credit or debit card.
  • For long term clients, we can set up an invoicing arrangement.
  • Images remain the property of the rights owner. You are legally bound by the terms of the issued licence. To use the image for a further purpose, you must contact us again.


Contact Details for digital image sales/orders

Britain from Above Sales and Sales Enquiries are dealt with by RCAHMS Enterprises. RCAHMS Enterprises is the trading name of Scran Ltd and is a wholly owned trading subsidiary of the Scran Trust with company No. SC163518.  All registrations are in Scotland. Registered Office: 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh EH8 9NX.  Group VAT No: GB 682772107

T +44 (0)131 651 6872 [please mention Britain from Above] 
F +44 (0)131 662 1477 
E Online enquiry form


Purchasing Prints

If you wish to purchase a print, please check the reference number and follow the instructions below;

English Aerofilms Collection – English Aerofilms images will have reference numbers beginning EPW or EAW. Please refer to the Historic England price list for image copies. If your enquiry refers to one of these images, contact Archive Services, Historic England, The Engine House, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EH. Email address:

Welsh Aerofilms Collection – Welsh Aerofilms images will have reference numbers beginning WPW or WAW. If your enquiry refers to one of these images please contact RCAHMW, Plas Crug, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1NJ. Email address:

Scottish Aerofilms Collection – Scottish Aerofilms images will have reference numbers beginning SPW or SAW. If your enquiry refers to one of these images please contact Historic Environment Scotland, John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh, EH89NX or use our image enquiry form on the website.

Historic Environment Scotland is a Non Departmental Public Body established by the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014 and is a charity registered in Scotland No. SC045925. Charity registered address: Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Edinburgh.

Rest of World - Please note that images of other countries will have reference numbers beginning XPW or XAW. If you have an enquiry regarding one of these images please contact Archive Services, Historic England, The Engine House, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EH. Email address:

© Historic Environment Scotland - Scottish Charity No. SC045925
Historic Environment Scotland Website
Historic England
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
Heritage Lottery Fund
Foyle Foundation