- Hi-res zoomable images are available via the Picture Oxon website
- Click on the Search images button, at the top left of this page,
- use the "Filter By COLLECTION" function to select "Aerial Photos".
- add keywords to the search box for the name of the survey (e.g. “Fairey” or “Geonex”) and the place-name you are interested in."
- Fairey 1961: much of pre-1974 county, but excluding Vale of White Horse, and southern parts of South Oxfordshire; chiefly 1:8,000 scale; black/white vertical; searchable by place-name and by Ordnance Survey 1km grid squares.
- Astral 1981: Oxfordshire; 1:10,000 scale colour vertical; searchable by place-name and by Ordnance Survey 1km grid squares.
- Geonex 1991: Oxfordshire; 1:10,000 scale colour vertical - temporary catalogue records searchable by known track and image number only.
- PhotoAir 1988-1997: 2,500 images of Oxfordshire landscapes and public or commercial building projects; colour; large scale (variable); vertical and oblique views. Searchable via place-name.
- Access to digital copies of aerial photographs is possible via public computers at Oxfordshire History Centre and Oxfordshire County Library only, using the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) subscription website.
- Oxfordshire coverage via NCAP includes the following vertical aerial surveys, but note that some only offer partial coverage of the county:
Survey Year Colour Scale No of images Fairey
1:10,000 (some 1:6,000)
1:10,000 (some 1:14,000)
Access to Oxfordshire County Council’s ArcGIS digital mapping service is possible via public computers at Oxfordshire History Centre and Oxfordshire County Library only, including this countywide vertical aerial survey:
Survey Year Colour Scale No of images
Geoperspectives / InfoTerra
(searchable by place, street, building or postcode)
1999, 2005, 2009
- Visitors to Oxfordshire History Centre can consult supplementary hard copy collections of aerial photographs.
- These include a mixture of vertical (straight down) and oblique (at an angle) views, at a variety of scales, of selected urban and rural settlements and features around Oxfordshire.
- Paper copies of selected aerial photographs can be consulted in easy-to-use browser files, arranged according to Ordnance Survey (OS) grid reference, with an index of Oxfordshire place-names.
- Where no browser file copy is available, original aerial photographic prints can be consulted by appointment through the Photographic Officer.
- Note that the asterisked * collections below only offer selective and not complete countywide coverage.
|Aerofilms *||1920s-1980s||Black/white; some 1970s-1980s colour||Large scale (variable)||
Urban and rural settlements
|Dept of the Environment *||1950s-1960s||Black/white||1:10,000 or 1:20,000 scale||
Urban and rural
|Ordnance Survey *||Chiefly 1970s||Black/white||1:7,700 scale||
Urban and rural
Copying aerial photographs
There may be restrictions on the copying of some photographs, according to their copyright status. See our charges page for current copy costs.
- Limited size (450 pixel) images can be downloaded and copied from the National Collection of Aerial Photography subscription website.
- Snapshots can be taken from the zoomable aerial photograph images available on Picture Oxon; remote users must order all other prints and digital files via our partner, House of Images.
- Visitors to Oxfordshire History Centre can make self-service low-resolution copies (either A4 paper copies, or digital copies with a camera / tablet / smartphone) for non-commercial use or private study from these aerial surveys:
- Hard copy photographs in the browser files, including Aerofilms, RAF, Dept of the Environment and Ordnance Survey images.
- Digital Geoperspectives / Infoterra surveys, using our digital mapping package.
- For high resolution copies of Aerofilms, RAF, Dept of the Environment and Ordnance Survey images, we will refer you to the relevant copyright holder.
- Visitors to Oxfordshire History Centre can order high resolution digital prints or electronic files for non-commercial use or private study from these aerial surveys; no further reproduction is allowed without our permission:
- RAF 1947 - copy charge where 'no existing image available' applies.
- Fairey 1961, Astral 1981, Geonex 1991, PhotoAir 1988-1997 - copy charge where 'we already hold a digital image' applies.
Where else can I go?
Collections of Oxfordshire historic aerial photographs held by other institutions:
- Historic England Archive. For an even wider choice of aerial surveys we recommend you try the Historic England Archive aerial photo collections at Swindon.
- Britain from Above. Historic England also holds the complete Aerofilms collection of aerial photographic negatives, dating from 1919 to 1953, and is gradually publishing a selection online through their Britain from Above project, which already includes hundreds of Oxfordshire images which can be freely viewed and downloaded.