Our Picture Library is one of the world's finest collections of photography, artwork and mapping, and records over 500 years of travel, people, place and geographical discovery.
Our Picture Library comprises over 750,000 photographic images dating from 1850 and the largest private map collection in the world with over 1 million maps dating from 1486.
Our images are highly sought after for use in the publishing, broadcasting, advertising and education industries. Enquiries are dealt with by a highly experienced and knowledgeable team, which prides itself on providing the best possible quality of service.
For any enquiries relating to the Picture Library, please contact us.
Search our online database of over 8,000 images by keyword, or browse themed galleries. By registering you are able to create, view and send lightboxes and order images.
For images not yet digitised and in the online database, we can carry out a picture research on your behalf. We may charge a fee for this.
Scanning and photography of images is subject to the condition of the original and an appropriate fee.
We are happy to supply you with a licence fee quote for proposed usage. Reduced rates may be offered for academic research projects, lectures or other strictly non-profit activities.
We sell limited edition prints on demand and are happy to consider requests for one-off prints. Certain images may be unavailable for copyright or preservation reasons.
Our film collection is stored at the British Film Institute (BFI) and footage is available through Archival Footage Sales at the BFI. Please contact them directly.
Explore the images in our Picture Library.
Dr Barbara Bond investigates MI9’s wartime escape and evasion mapping programme including how maps were smuggled to prisoners and how they helped orchestrate some of the most famous escapes in history.
22 January 2018
The experiences of a two-month crossing of Southern India: heat stroke, leopards, mountains, mosquitos, sleeping rough, and why it was all completely brilliant.
16 March 2016
The Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project has been studying the nesting habits of sea turtles for 28 years. Julia spent time with the project in the West Indies not only gaining hands-on experience with the critically endangered species – both nesting and hatching – but she also experienced the rapid development of Hurricane Gonzalo first hand.
18 March 2015
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