Britain From The Air - Looking Down On The UK - A New Exhibition

Britain from the Air shows you Britain as you have never seen it before. 100 huge images of our natural and built landscapes and captions tell stories of our heritage, bring alive the beauty of our environment, and challenge us all to understand the changes taking place today in our towns and cities. 

“All too often, chasing far away places, we forget just what beauty we have on our doorstep and just how rich and diverse a country we live in. I can think of no better time to celebrate Britain¹s built and natural landscapes. The scale of the hundred images that make up this spectacular street gallery is breathtaking, and I very much hope it will one day travel to every major city in Britain” - Michael Palin (RGS-IBG President).

The street gallery exhibition, featuring a large walk-on Ordnance Survey map, is being launched in Bath on 28 September by Society President Michael Palin, and will be free for everyone to view in the city centre, 24-hours a day, until early 2011.


Salmon farm in the Shetland Isles, Scotland

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Photograph: Adrian Warren and Dae Sasitorn/PA




Saltburn-by-the-sea, Redcar and Cleveland

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Photograph: Ian Hay/Royal Geographical Society

This railway, clinging precariously to the cliff top, started its life in 1872 as part of the shortlived Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway

Field undergoing linseed cultivation in Buckinghamshire

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Photograph: Jason Hawkes/PA


Norfolk Broads, Norfolk

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Photograph: Adrian Warren and Dae Sasitorn/PA


Cammell Laird shipyard, Merseyside

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Photograph: Jonathan Webb/PA


Hawthorn heart, Oare, Wiltshire

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Photograph: Adrian Warren and Dae Sasitorn/PA


Maze at Longleat House, Wiltshire

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Photograph: Jason Hawkes/PA


Perranporth beach, north Cornwall

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Photograph: Jason Hawkes/Royal Geographical Society


Harvest, Wiltshire

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Photograph: Adrian Warren and Dae Sasitorn/Royal Geographical Society

Wheat yield in Britain is about seven to 10 tonnes per hectare; in the 1950s it was three to four tonnes.

Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, Scotland

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Photograph: Jason Hawkes/PA

The world's largest single rock colony of northern gannets.



To find out more about this exhibition - click here

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