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Aerial Images Land as Digital Photo Library

1Scan, the slide, negative and photo scanning service has just completed a project for the Yorkshire Dales Park Authority. The project was to scan over 3,000 slides; aerial images of the Yorkshire dales.

London, United Kingdom, September 24, 2009 --( 1Scan the Brentwood based slide and photo scanning service has just completed a major project for Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Just over 3,000 35mm slides of aerial photos were scanned into high quality digital files.

“I’m very pleased with the results”, said Robert White, Senior Conservation Archaeologist responsible for the project and the photographer who originally shot the images.

Robert went on to explain the role the newly scanned images will play. “The slides form part of our Historic Environment Record – the database of all known historic environment / archaeological sites and historic buildings in the National Park. The aerial photographs were taken partly as a reconnaissance / identification tool – some sites can only be identified or best appreciated with an aerial perspective, hence the use of evening shadows, winter sunlight, light snow etc; but also as a record of sites. They show landscapes features, particularly historic landscape features although some cover other subjects – quarries, caravan sites for development control purposes or rights of way to show footpath erosion and management.”

“All slides were marked originally with a unique film/frame number, date and a National Grid Reference coordinate and are recorded on a database. The Grid Reference can be shown on the Historic Environment Record map layers so that when looking at any feature on the map we can see whether there are any images nearby which may show it from the air.”

“The task now is to link the scans with the database and thus the NGR coordinates so that instead of hunting for the scan we can click on the aerial photograph symbol and immediately bring the images up on screen.”

“The images will also be available to other colleagues in the National Park so they will no longer have to contact us to acquire an image – they are mainly used in interpretation and development control. Some already published for example on the public version of the Historic Environment Record, available online at We will probably reduce the size of the scans to make them readily accessible internally while maintaining the full size copy scans for publication and security.”

“A further advantage of having the slides scanned is that we now have what I hope is a more secure set of images – no risk of slides being borrowed and not returned, dropped, scratched etc. Security is vital as often these images are the only record of a site.”


Notes for editors
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Established in 1954 Yorkshire Dales National Park has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It’s a special place – a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife. Covering an area of 1,762 square kilometres (680 square miles), the National Park is located in the north of England, and straddles the central Pennines in the counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has two main purposes, 'to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area'
and 'to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public'. In carrying out its purposes, the Authority has a duty 'to seek to foster the economic and social well being of local communities'.

For over five years 1Scan has been converting photos, slides and negatives into high quality digital images. Clients include universities, public authorities, design agencies, professional photographers and of course many amateur photographers.

35mm slides for the Yorkshire Dales National Park were scanned on Nikon scanners, into high quality jpg files. The scans were made using Digital ICE to remove dust and scratches.
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