16 Mar 2017 – Britain From Above – by Brian Hilton

Brian Hilton
Brian Hilton   – – Photo by Paul, G1GSN

Brian explained that Britain From Above was a four year Heritage Lottery funded project aimed at conserving 95,000 of the most endangered photographs from the Aerofilms Collection which had been acquired by English Heritage and their partners, the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland and Wales. The collection contains a unique aerial photographic archive of 1.2 million negatives representing 20th century Britain between 1919 and 2006.

Unfortunately, some of the glass negatives and early film negatives had been stored in less than optimum conditions. Before digitising many needed restoration and the finished result is an impressive display documenting the changing face of Britain between 1919 and 1953. Brian was able to show aerial views of Shefford and surrounding districts which many members were able to relate to.

Everyone was encouraged to visit the website  to enjoy the collection and perhaps help the site identify some of the unknown locations.


Shefford showing the Railway Bridge
Shefford showing the Railway Bridge