The changing face of Birmingham since the 1930s can be seen in new aerial photographs released by English Heritage.
The iconic clock tower of the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus, captured first in 1938, was originally set in rolling fields before tower blocks sprang up around it.
The campus, designed by Sir Aston Webb, was almost 30 years old when the black and white image was taken.
It shows the red-brick Chancellor’s Court, which was the vision of the university’s first chancellor, Joseph Chamberlain.
And a row of sports pitches, which have now been replaced, can be seen at the bottom of the photograph.
The photograph is part of English Heritage’s Aerofilms Collection of one million aerial photographs taken between 1919 and 2006.
Others in the collection include a photo of the Austin Motor Company, at Longbridge, taken in 1935.
The collection also has bird’s eye views of Wembley Stadium, St Paul’s Cathedral and Liverpool’s waterfront.
Aerofilms Ltd, the company behind the collection, was set up by First World War veterans FL Wills and C Grahame-White in 1919. The company later acquired two smaller collections, AeroPictorial and Airviews.
The project to digitise the collection was awarded a £1.75 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Carole Souter, chief executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “The Aerofilms Collection gives a spectacular snapshot of the changing landscape of Britain during the first half of the 20th century.
"The archive tells us much about the buildings and places that made up the backdrop of everyday life so its great news that it will now be shared more widely.”
Nigel Clubb, director of the English Heritage National Monuments Record, added: “Thanks to the support of the HLF, The Foyle Foundation and our other donors we will be able to make this amazing collection accessible to everybody to enjoy, as well as to share their memories and knowledge with others.”
A new website called Britain From Above should launch by the end of the year and, by 2014, 95,000 images will be available online.
*Information about the Aerofilms Collection is available on the National Monuments Record website here