engineering careers  The University of Cambridge has revealed changing industrial face of UK in a new series of aerial photos
engineering careers  The University of Cambridge has revealed changing industrial face of UK in a new series of aerial photos

Cambridge Digital Library has released a collection of aerial photographs which act as a historical Google Earth.


The archive shows the changing landscape of Britian. Above Heathrow

The images are a result of aerial surveys by RAF pilots after World War Two. The images were designed to capture the changing bomb-scarred post-war period and show the emergence of motorways and new cities across the UK.

The collection has images from 1945 to 2009. The early photos were taken under the lead of archaeologist JK St Joseph and Cambridge University borrowed RAF planes and pilots to take photographs until 1965 after which it bought its own Cessna Skymaster.

The series as a whole is a fantastic way to see how Britain has changed over the last half-century. In particular, the images of the post-industrial north show the changing industrial landscape of the UK.

Explore the full series at cam.ac.uk/aerialphotography

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