Between 1946 and 1961 the Royal Air Force was given the task of carrying out a photographic survey of the United Kingdom. The survey was designed to assist the Ordnance Survey (OS) in revising and updating its maps and to give the government departments some idea of the requirements in long term planning and infrastructure of the country.
Two types of survey photograph were taken, high level and low level. This collection holds examples of both types.
Keys to the photographs are in the form of a booklet that includes a series of black and white pullout copies of Ordnance Survey maps with the photographic ‘squares’ superimposed over them.
The photographs include a date, print number and sortie number. This information needs to be used in conjunction with the key maps to pinpoint the location of the photographs.
The photographs are arranged below by low and high level altitudes, then by scale, date and sortie number.