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Aerial photographs of Northern Ireland in online archive

An online archive of photographs taken from planes between 1919 and 1953 provides a fresh view of Northern Ireland's past.

The Britain from Above website, run by English Heritage, collects tens of thousands of photos taken by Aerofilms Ltd, the first commercial aerial photography company in the UK.

More than 1,000 photographs of Northern Ireland have been published in the archive. Here is a selection of them.

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The archive captures familiar landmarks that have barely changed in the intervening years, such as the Giant's Causeway photo on the left, taken in 1952, and the aerial view of Dunluce Castle from 1948.

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Here are three different views of the back of Belfast City Hall, taken in 1926 (left), 1929 and 1950.

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This view of Belfast Port, looking towards the County Antrim coast, was taken in 1953.

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This photograph of the ships in Belfast was taken 20 years earlier, in 1933.

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While the River Foyle in Londonderry has stayed the same, these photographs taken in 1933 and 1949 show how much has changed in the intervening years.

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A day out at the seaside remains just as popular as it was when these photographs were taken of Bangor in 1929 and Portrush in 1948.

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These photos taken above Armagh city in 1926 highlight its curved Georgian streets.

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This photograph of Downpatrick was captured in 1929.

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The scale of the square in Crossmaglen is demonstrated in this photo taken in 1952.

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Hay bales can be seen in the grounds of Stormont in this photo taken in 1947.

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The archive also features photographs taken in the Republic of Ireland, like this view above Trinity College, Dublin, towards O'Connell Street.

All photographs are copyright of English Heritage.

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