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Britain from the Air

Britain from the Air will be on show at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG's) building in London from 12 May to 12 July 2016. Entry is Free 10.00 'til 5.00 daily.

Britain from the Air is a major national, outdoor touring exhibition of over 100 stunning aerial photographs. These images offer an exhilarating perspective of some of the UK’s most breath-taking and thought provoking landscapes and landmarks whilst telling the fascinating story of Britain’s geography and history.

Above: Just one of 100 pictures from our Britain from the Air exhibition creates a great illusion.

The White Horse at Uffington approaching Beechers Brook at the Grand National?

No, but the strategically placed hedge means you¹d be forgiven for thinking that.

The exhibition has previously visited Bath, Oxford, Chatham, Edinburgh and Leeds; taking in an audience of more than five million people along the way.

The exhibition, created jointly by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Wecommunic8, is sponsored by Craghoppers Ltd and supported by Rolex and Ordnance Survey.

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Supported by the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust and:


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Councillor Frank Ross presenting Michael Palin with a framed Britain from the Air image of Arthur's seat that was featured in the Edinburgh exhibition.

Britain from the Air is a stunning collection of over 100 large scale images by Britain's foremost photographers, developed jointly by Wecommunic8 and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

An opportunity to celebrate, explore and be inspired by our small island, the Britain from the Air street gallery encourages visitors to learn more about and enjoy Britain's most breathtaking and thought provoking environments

From coastal erosion and abandoned villages to transport networks and the growth of our cities, Britain from the Air, combines the beauty and abstract contours of these landscapes with their stories; inviting the viewer to explore their local, regional and national environment from a completely different perspective.

Supported by text captions devised and written by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and additional pictures which reveal the stories behind the image, Britain from the Air represents an unmissable opportunity to learn about Britain as you've never seen it before. Spectacular saw-toothed coastlines, glittering city silhouettes and the luminous trajectories of waterways are just some of the fascinating forms and shapes that will be revealed as the audience is lifted from street level to sky high while exploring Britain's wondrous and varied landscapes.

A giant, large-scale walk on map of Britain offers visitors the unique opportunity to truly view Britain from above. Visitors can walk the length and breadth of the country in just a few seconds, literally walking over their home town and pinpointing the precise location of each of the 100 images from the exhibition.

Free to view and accessible 24 hours a day, this extraordinary outdoor exhibition offers the opportunity to visit again and again with friends and family.

Click below to view a short video on Britain from the Air


Click below to view a slideshow narrated by Dr. Rita Gardner, Director, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

A message from The Immediate Past President of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)

I am delighted, as the Immediate Past President of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), to offer my enthusiastic support for this exciting new joint project between the Society and WeCommunic8, combining the Society's leading geographical knowledge with WeCommunic8's expertise in street galleries.

The landscapes of Britain 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 Britain's built and natural landscapes. And the size and scale of Britain from the Air will, I'm sure, appeal to the widest possible audience in the most exciting and powerful way. The scale of the hundred huge 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 CBE

Immediate Past President of The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)