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British Cartoon Archive
The British Cartoon Archive is based at the University of Kent at Canterbury. It covers the history of British cartooning over the past 200 years. Go to 'Search' to search for and view cartoons

British Library Images Online
Thousands of images from the British Library's collections

British Library Online Gallery
A British Library digitisation project of 30,000 items including images of maps, prints, drawings, photographs and documents from the British Library's collection. onlinegallery/ index.html

British Pathe Stills Archive
Over 90,000 historic clips from British Pathe Film Archive, covering news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1890 to 2011. gallery/ all-galleries

Collage - The City of London Libraries and Guildhall Art Gallery
An image database containing over 20,000 works of art. Includes images from the Guildhall Library's Print Room, one of the best sources of pictorial material on London history, including prints, drawings, watercolours, maps, photographs, and ephemera; and from the Guildhall Art Gallery which specialises in works of London interest and which is particularly strong in Victorian material collage/ app

Francis Frith Collection
Thousands of photographs of British towns and villages from the collection started by Francis Frith in the 1860s. Select by county or by town etc.
Thousands of photographs from penguins to pumpkins arranged by category and sub-category. Free for non-commercial users.

Freeze Frame
Historic polar images, 1845-1982, from the Scott Polar Research Institute, with photographs from both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Each image has a detailed catalogue entry

Geograph British Isles
The Geograph British Isles project aims to collect a geographically representative photograph for every square kilometre of the British Isles. You can search by place, postcode or grid reference.

Free high-resolution pictures you can use on for personal and commercial projects

Images of England
Images of England is an English Heritage initiative and part of the National Monuments Record. The aim is to create a record of all of England's 370 000 listed buildings. Using 'Quick Search' you can search by county, building type or period. You will need to register for 'Standard' and 'Advanced' searching.

30,000 images from the collections of the Science Museum, the National Railway Museum and the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television See/

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Reading Room
US national library site. See the 'Prints & Photographs Online Catalog' for over a million digital images (not just US). Other useful sections include 'Resource Lists & Bibliographies', which leads to links to further sites rr/ print/

Mary Evans Picture Library
A huge library of several image collections that you can search or browse. It has strict use conditions in the 'Legal' section

National Collection of Aerial Photography
The National Collection of Aerial Photography is one of the largest collections of aerial imagery in the world, containing tens of millions of images featuring historic events and places around the world.

National Media Museum
The National Media Museum is situated in the heart of Bradford, UNESCO City of Film. They aim to inspire people to learn about, engage with and create media.

Photographic Libraries
Links to photographic collections and archives both free and priced, photo agencies, ad agencies, graphics, clipart, articles and copyright information.

Science and Society Picture Library
The library represents over a million images from the Science Museum, Media Museum, Railway Museum and Museum of Science & Industry. You can search and browse thousands of digitised images

Science Photo Library
Search 100,000 high quality science photos

Thirty Free Image Resources on the Web
Royalty free images from many sites. Check each site's own guidelines if you wish to use their images. This is an article on the site / od/ bestwebsites/ tp/ free-images.02.htm

An excellent site for anyone interested in British film animations, cartoons, TV puppets, comic strips and books.

License-free, high resolution images to download to use creatively for projects

Web Designer Depot
A website devoted to visual design elements for print and web. Download royalty free images and icon collections for use in projects category/ freebies/

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