Exhibition of WWII aerial photos a huge success

Published on
March 30, 2010

The exhibition of “WWII Aerial Photos Then & Now” in the library’s Special Collections is a huge success; 483 visitors in three months. The exhibition focuses on the interpretation of military photos during the Second World War, on the topographic information in the photos and on the post-war use of the photos in research on soil and land use, archaeology, landscape and cultural history. The photos are also regularly used to locate WWII explosives still buried in the Netherlands.
The lectures on Wednesday, 28 April, were also a success. About 75 people listened to the interesting lectures on the interpretation of the aerial photos, historical research and the current use of the aerial photos.

The collection of aerial photos made by the Allied Air Force during the liberation of the Netherlands have been digitally scanned with a subsidy from the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport as part of the War Legacy programme. We’re almost done with the quality control check of the photos, and we now know that we have 94,257 photos. We're also working on the possibility of making the photos available online.

The exhibition is on view in the Forum library’s Special Collections department, Monday through Friday, until Friday, 17 September 2010.

For more information, call 0317-482701 / 484546 or send an email to

(Newsletter 3-2010)