A BIRD’S eye view of Ellesmere Port in the 1920s has been made freely available on a new website.
The images of the town’s industrial heart from 1926 and 1927 are part of 15,000 images of Britain from one of the earliest collections of aerial photography of the UK on britainfromabove.org.uk.
The site, launched on Monday by English Heritage, features some of the oldest and most valuable images of the Aerofilms Collection, an archive of more than one million aerial photographs taken between 1919 and 2006.
The shots over Ellesmere Port include images of Portland Cement Works, the Mersey Iron Works, and the Anglo American Oil Refinery.
The Aerofilms Collection was acquired for the nation in 2007 when the company was facing financial difficulties. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Foyle Foundation, English Heritage and the Royal Commissions embarked on a programme to conserve, catalogue and digitise the collection.
Website users can download images, customise their own themed photo galleries, share personal memories, and add information to enrich the understanding for each of the images. They are also invited to identity the locations of a number of “mystery” images that have left the experts stumped.
Anna Eavis, head of archive at English Heritage, said: “The Aerofilms Collection embodies all that is exciting about aerial photography.
“We are pleased that the items have been given safe, long-term homes, and that each of the organisations involved has been enriched immensely by their addition.”
By the end of the project in 2014, 95,000 images taken between 1919 and 1953 will be available online.