Yes, that’s right – more than a million – completely free to use as there’s no known copyright. The British Library plans to launch a crowd-sourcing app in 2014, which will enable members of the public to help describe what the images portray. Ben O’Steen wrote a detailed post about it on the British Library blog here.
I’ve only had time for a quick look so far, but have already found a bunch which depict scenes from Hampshire’s past, some of which I’ve included here.
I don’t know about you, but I find it fascinating to see what familiar places looked like hundreds of years ago. I’m going to look out for the British Library app and intend to do my bit to help.
ENGRAVER to TOBIAS Grubbe – the C18th Gentl. of Word and Picture. I help him to publish his weekly OPINIONS on behalf of his PATRONS.