Britain from Above and English Heritage

Britain from Above was launched in 2013 by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales. This website features some of the oldest and most valuable images of the Aerofilms Collection, a unique and important archive of over one million aerial photographs taken between 1919 and 2006. These resources use the images to provide lessons, activities, starters, plenaries, interactive activities and more.

The Heritage Explorer website makes over 10,000 images from the English Heritage Archive available to teachers for free. The images are in a database searchable by place, period and curriculum related keywords. They can be downloaded, printed off  and saved. They can be used in worksheets, presentations and on interactive whiteboards and are all copyright cleared for educational use. Supporting resources include; collections of themed images, teaching activities, teachers' notes and ready-made interactive whiteboard lessons. All resources can be downloaded and adapted for use.

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All change in the industrial landscape in Oldham
Students study a 1936 aerial photograph of a cotton mill. This  … read more
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KS3 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing urban environments | Geography skills | Published: 27/02/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Industry
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Photographs of the past – a matching exercise
Students work in pairs to match captions to 12 photographs from  … read more
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KS3 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing rural environments | Changing urban environments | Exploring and mapping the world | Geography skills | Published: 30/01/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Place(s)
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Meadowhall: Meadowhell or Meadowheaven ?
A case study of Meadowhall: an out of town shopping centre. Takes  … read more
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KS3 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing urban environments | Teaching tools | Published: 23/01/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Regeneration | Retailing
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A time for reflection for a Victorian agricultural labourer
Making use of a photograph from English Heritage, students carefully  … read more
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KS3 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing rural environments | Geography skills | Published: 09/01/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Agriculture and food production
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Industrial change at Sunlight Soap
Using a historical image from English Heritage, this resource  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing urban environments | Published: 19/12/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Industry
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What can you see? Photographic interpretation at the docks
Using a photograph from English Heritage approximately 60 years  … read more
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KS3 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing urban environments | Teaching tools | Published: 21/11/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Industry
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A back to back photographic description of Brighton seafront
Making use of an oblique aerial photograph from English Heritage's  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Geography skills | Physical processes | Published: 14/11/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Coasts
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Piccadilly Circus – similarities and differences over 100 years
This excellent starter activity uses two images of Piccadilly  … read more
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KS3 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing urban environments | Published: 07/11/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Urban land use
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Changes in agriculture over time
Using an image from the English Heritage collection this resource  … read more
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KS3 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing rural environments | Published: 31/10/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Agriculture and food production
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Investigating an urban place – Ask away
Making use of an image from English Heritage's 'Britain from  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing urban environments | Geography skills | Published: 12/09/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Urban land use
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The marmalade factory – a systems approach
Using a photograph of Frank Cooper's marmalade factory in Oxford  … read more
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KS3 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing urban environments | Published: 04/09/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Industry
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Industrial change in Luton
A 1928 photograph from English Heritage of a hat factory in Luton  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing urban environments | Geography skills | Published: 27/08/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Industry
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Changes in a rural landscape – Image description using the five Ws
Making use of an image from English Heritage's 'Britain from  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing rural environments | Geography skills | Published: 10/07/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Natural resources
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Urban changes over time
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KS3 KS4 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing urban environments | Geography skills | Published: 10/07/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Identity | Retailing
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All change in Covent Garden – similarities and differences
In the 19th century, Covent Garden in London was a bustling fruit  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Britain from Above & English Heritage | Changing urban environments | Published: 04/07/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Urban land use
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