The story so far

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

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.

Albert Einstein: 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955

"The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing."
Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity changed our concepts of gravity, space and time. His mass-energy equation; E=mc2, derived from his 1905 paper on Special Relativity, led to nuclear fission and the atomic bomb. In 1921 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.

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