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.

Cookies policy


Here is information about how Cookies are used in the Britain from Above website...


What are Cookies?

Cookies are files that store information on your hard drive or browser which means Britain from Above can recognise that you have visited the website before. They make it easier for you to maintain your preferences on the website, and by seeing how you use them, we can tailor them around your preferences and measure usability of the site.

How can I prevent Cookies being used?

You can, should you choose, disable the cookies from your browser and delete all cookies currently stored on your computer. You can find out how to do this for your particular browser by clicking "help" on your browser's menu or by visiting However, please be aware that should you choose to disable cookies from your browser it may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website and some of the site functions may fail to work. You will see from the section below headed "Use of Cookies by Britain from Above" that all of the cookies used are recognised as being essential cookies, which are required in order to make the website work.

Use of Cookies by Britain from Above

We use cookies on the website however, we do not collect or store personal data.. When someone visits our website we collect standard internet log information. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the website. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information in the site we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it. The list below provides an overview of all the cookies used by the Britain from Above website and the purpose of the cookie.  Alongside each cookie is a category level which is described further in the section "Cookie categories".

     has_js - has javascript cookie (category - strictly necessary)

The has_js cookie is used to indicate whether or not the user's browser has javascript enabled.  If the cookie is set true (1), the user's browser has javascript enabled and this allows the user to enjoy the full functionality of the site (specifically map and image zooming and lightbox overlays).  If the cookie is set to false (0), the user's browser does not have javascript enabled or does not support javascript, and this means that particular aspects of the site such as mapping and image viewing will not be fully functional.

     sess* - session cookie (category - strictly necessary)

Britain from Above sets a session cookie (sess*) when a user comes to the website.  The cookie works by setting a key which allows the website to see how users interact with the webpages including their route through the site.  This cookie is also necessary to indicate when a user is logged in.  knowing whether a user is logged in or no allows the user to remain logged in as they move through the site and also means that pages are tailored/personalised for the user.  This also lets the user add and store favourites to their account which they can access when logging into the site at a later date.  The session cookie also allows contributions to be set against users so the site can display what contributions were made by which users.  In short, the general functionality of the site for logged in users who wish to contribute and engage with the site depends on the session cookies being set.

     Social Media related cookies (category - functionality)

Each Aerofilms image in the Britain from Above site comes with a Facebook "Like" button, a Twitter tweet button as well as a Google+ share button which allows the user to upload the Aerofilms image, image title and the Britain from Above URL for that image to these social media sites.  Third party cookies are set in these cases, so the user is able to share the images socially if they do choose.

     _utma,_utmb,_utmc,_utmz Google Analytics cookies (category - performance)

These cookies are used by Google Analytics to assist in collation of statistics informing us how our website is used by our visitors. Our staff use this information in aggregated reports to help measure our visitor experience, and how we might make improvement.

Cookie categories

a) Strictly necessary

Generally these cookies will be essential first-party session cookies, and if persistent or third party, there should be a good justification for this. Not all first-party session cookies will fall into the ‘strictly necessary’ category for the purposes of the legislation. Strictly necessary cookies will generally be used to store a unique identifier to manage and identify the user as unique to other users currently viewing the website, in order to provide a consistent and accurate service to the user.

Examples include:

• Remembering previous actions (e.g. entered text) when navigating back to a page in the same session.
• Managing and passing security tokens to different services within a website to identify the visitor’s status (e.g. logged in or not)
• To maintain tokens for the implementation of secure areas of the website
• To route customers to specific versions/applications of a service, such as might be used during a technical migration

These cookies will not be used

• To gather information that could be used for marketing to the user.
• To remember customer preferences or user ID’s outside a single session (unless the user has requested this function).

b) Performance

These cookies can be first or third party, session or persistent cookies. To fall within this category their usage should be limited to performance and website improvement.

Examples include:

• Web analytics—where the data collected is limited to the website operator’s use only, for managing the performance and design of the site. These cookies can be third-party cookies but the information must be for the exclusive use of the publisher of the website visited.
• Ad response rates—where the data is used exclusively for calculating response rates (click-through rates) to improve the effectiveness of advertising purchased on a site external to the destination website. If the same cookie is used to retarget adverts on a third-party site this would fall outside the performance category (see category d)
• Affiliate tracking—where the cookie is used to let affiliates know that a visitor to a site visited a partner site some time later and if that visit resulted in the use or purchase of a product or service, including details of the product and service purchased. Affiliate tracking cookies allow the affiliate to improve the effectiveness of their site. If the same cookie is used to retarget adverts this would fall outside the performance category (see category d)
• Error management—Measuring errors presented on a website, typically this will be to support service improvement or complaint management and will generally be closely linked with web analytics.
• Testing designs—Testing variations of design, typically using A/B or multivariate testing, to ensure a consistent look and feel is maintained for the user of the site in the current and subsequent sessions. These cookies should not be used to re-target adverts, if they are, they should be placed in category d) as well.

c) Functionality

These cookies can be first party, third party, session or persistent cookies. These cookies will typically be the result of a user action, but might also be implemented in the delivery of a service not explicitly requested but offered to the user. They can also be used to prevent the user being offered a service again that had previously been offered to that user and rejected.

Examples include:

• Remembering settings a user has applied to a website such as layout, font size, preferences, colours etc.
• Remembering a choice such as not to be asked again to fill in a questionnaire.
• Detecting if a service has already been offered, such as offering a tutorial on future visits to the website.
• Providing information to allow an optional service to function such as offering a live chat session.
• Fulfilling a request by the user such as submitting a comment.

These cookies should not be used to re-target adverts, if they are, they should be placed in category d) as well.

d) Targeting/advertising

These cookies will usually be third-party cookies, although if a user is visiting the advertising network’s own website it is technically possible these could be first party. They will always be persistent but time-limited cookies. These cookies can be associated with services provided by the third party but this is not always the case. These cookies contain a unique key that is able to distinguish individual users’ browsing habits or store a code that can be translated into to a set of browsing habits or preferences using information stored elsewhere. Generally speaking, the privacy statement should indicate if the cookie is being used as part of an advertising network. Cookies may also be used to limit the number times a user sees a particular ad on a website and to measure the effectiveness of a particular campaign.

Examples include:

• Cookies placed by advertising networks to collect browsing habits in order to target relevant adverts to the user. The site the user is visiting need not actually be serving adverts, but often this will also be the case.
• Cookies placed by advertising networks in conjunction with a service implemented by the website to increase functionality, such as commenting on a blog, adding a site to the user’s social network, providing maps or counters of visitors to a site.

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