Images from the historical collections of major scientific institutions, historians, palaeontologists and a comprehensive archive of portraits throughout the ages.
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.
This is a beautiful collection of opaque watercolour artworks of 19th-century China from the British Library. Dating from circa 1820, these include a wide range of images such as white and red lead production, grinding flour, to making various items like tobacco, smoking pipes and bamboo mats.
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) was probably the greatest experimenter of all time. His work in electricity and magnetism laid the foundations of modern physics, and allowed him to build the world’s first electric motor, generator and induction coil. He worked at the Royal Institution, London, where many iconic objects are preserved along with his notebooks.
The USS Akron was a helium-filled rigid airship built in the USA by the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation. It served as a flying aircraft carrier for F9C Sparrowhawk fighter planes. The Akron was launched on 8th August 1931 and served for 18 months before breaking up in a storm off the coast of New Jersey on 4th April 1933. Seventy-three of the seventy-six on board were killed, the largest loss of life for any airship crash.