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Historical aerial photography

Request for information – FOI14534


Thank you for your email of 3 March 2015, requesting the following information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000:

Do you hold aerial photographs to assist you with mapping areas? If so, do you have photographs of the area in which I live, and if so, would this cover the period of 1970 – 1985?


I regret to inform you that Ordnance Survey is unable to help you with your enquiry as we do not hold this information. We do not hold this information because the information has been archived.

However, under our duty to provide advice and assistance as stipulated in Section 16 of the FOIA, we advise that copies of the aerial photographs are now held at the National Monument Records Departments (NMRs) for; England, Scotland and Wales.

These are; English Heritage, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Copies can be obtained by contacting a participating Ordnance Survey Walk-In outlet.

Alternatively you can contact the relevant National Monuments Records Department directly.

You may contact English Heritage as follows:

The Engine House,
Fire Fly Avenue,

Telephone: 01793 414700
Fax: 01793 414444
Email: archive@english-heritage.org.uk

You may contact Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) as follows:

Library and Enquiries Service,
National Monuments Record of Wales,
Plas Crug,
SY23 1NJ

Telephone: 01970 621200
Fax: 01970 627701
Email: nmr.wales@rcahmw.gov.uk

You may contact Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) as follows:

John Sinclair House,
16 Bernard Terrace,

Telephone: 0131 662 1456
Fax: 0131 662 1477
Email: http://enterprises.rcahms.gov.uk/shop/image_sales/rcahms_general_enquiry.php

I hope you find the above information is helpful to you.

Internal review

Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
SO16 0AS

Email: foi@os.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal with the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

The Case Reception Unit
Customer Service Team
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Email: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

In the meantime, should you need to contact Ordnance Survey regarding your request at any time, please quote the allocated reference number FOI14534 in any correspondence.

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