Tuesday, 17 June 2008

TARA aerial photos collection moves to Scotland

The Aerial Reconnaissance Archive, aka TARA, is moving from Keele University to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in Edinburgh. The majority of the archive's images comes from the Allied Central Interpretation Unit (ACIU), the headquarters of photographic intelligence during World War II, which was based at Medmenham in Buckinghamshire. The collection includes Luftwaffe images of Clydebank used during the Blitz, and the photograph taken of the Bismarck in a Norwegian fjord, which led to her sinking by the Royal Navy. The archive also features images from later conflicts, including Suez, the Korean War and the Falklands conflict.

Once the TARA collection reaches Edinburgh, it is hoped that it can be preserved, further digitised and then made accessible to the general public. The move should take about six months.


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