Our Picture Library is one of the world's finest collections of photography and artworks, recording over 200 years of travel, people, place and geographical discovery.
Our Picture Library comprises around half a million photographic images and artworks dating from around 1830.
Our images are used in the publishing, broadcasting, advertising and education industries. For any enquiries relating to the Picture Library, please contact us.
Prints for personal use can be purchased directly through our online store.
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Search our online database of over 15,000 images by keyword, or browse themed galleries.
Only a small number of our half a million images are digitized. To enquire about images not yet digitised please contact us.
Scanning and photography of images is subject to the condition of the original and an appropriate fee.
All commercial use of images from our Collection now goes through Getty. To request use of our images in academic research, family history or other strictly not-for-profit activities please contact the Picture Library directly firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our film collection is stored at the British Film Institute (BFI) and footage is licensed through their Archival Footage Sales department. Please contact them directly.
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