Getmapping plc

Scope and Content

Vertical aerial survey photography of areas of the UK.

Administrative / Biographical History

Getmapping plc began in November 1998 as the Millennium Mapping Company (MMC). It aimed to produce the Millennium Map, the first complete cover of the UK in colour at 1:10,000 scale. Photography was flown by Cooper Aerial Surveys, with film processing and scanning carried out by Wildgoose.

In 1999, the first year of flying, some 70% of England was photographed. In January 2000, MMC was re-branded as Getmapping. By the end of 2000, the remainder of England and Wales had been photographed. The company bought Wildgoose, in order to have all of the processing operations under its direct control (in 2003, Wildgoose was bought back by its management and is now part of Bluesky International Ltd).

After 2000, central Scotland was photographed, with the highlands being covered at smaller scale in later years. In 2004, Getmapping partnered with FlightImages, Geosense and SCS to re-fly areas of southern England at large-scale using digital cameras.

Access Information

Closed. Imagery can only be accessed with knowledge of exact film and frame references or via the Paid Image Search service.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Rolls of survey standard 9-inch aerial film.

Conditions Governing Use

Standard terms and conditions for non-commercial use apply; all commercial use must have the prior approval of Getmapping plc.

Custodial History

The Getmapping aerial film library was managed by Bluesky International Ltd until 2015, when it was transferred to NCAP.

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