The story so far

Images from the historical collections of major scientific institutions, historians, palaeontologists and a comprehensive archive of portraits throughout the ages.

American Institute of Physics

Our collection from the American Institute of Physics. It represents a rich selection of portraits of the most famous scientists of the twentieth century. They are seen in their laboratories, peering through telescopes, scribbling on blackboards, observing a spinning toy top or relaxing with colleagues and family. These are the men and women who have influenced and shaped the way we think and the world we live in.

British Library Image Collection

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest libraries. With over 13,000 images available online, we have everything from a map of King Solomon’s fabled mines, Vesalius's stunning 16th-century anatomical illustrations,historical maps including Mercator's Atlas of Europe (1570-1572), photographs from the sugar cane harvest in India c.1910 and many more.

World War 1 Centenary

28th July 1914 - 11th November 1918 saw the battle of World War 1. Britain entered into the war on the 4th August 1914. At the onset these countries were all European, by the end of the war many of the world’s countries had joined. An armistice was agreed and on the 11th November 1918 the war ended.

Royalty Free History Images

Science Photo Library's Royalty Free History collection offers you historical images that combine the unrivalled quality of Science Photo Library imagery with the flexibility of royalty free licensing.

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