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Images, Maps & Audiovisual Resources for Architecture & Civil Engineering

Important: it is your responsibility to find out whether, and in what ways, you are permitted to use images from any of the following databases. Please refer to copying images & the Law, and the terms & conditions of the relevant databases below. In addition to the resources shown here, you might also like to view the cross-subject list of image, film & media resources. 

17-19th Century Maps of the City of Bath

These digitised maps and images are reproduced with permission for University of Bath students to use in assessed coursework. They must be attributed to Alex Hansen who owns the Copyright. 


Founded in 20008, ArchDaily is one of the biggest and most popular Architecture websites in the world. It is a great source for news and information from around the world on all aspects of Architecture.

Architectural Association's Collections Blog

A resource for highlighting historic photos, books, drawings and objects from the AA Archives, Library and Photo Library.

Architectural Association's public lectures online

A series of filmed lectures on contemporary architectural culture delivered by a range of invited speakers. There is a listing of upcoming events from the programme on the AA website. 

Box of Broadcasts National (BoB)

This resource lets any of our students or staff record any broadcast programmes from 60+ TV and radio channels.  These are then kept indefinitely and added to a growing media archive with all content shared by users across subscribing institutions. Staff can link to these in their Moodle units.

British Library Archival Sound Recordings

Sound recordings including art, design & architecture interviews, classical, world & jazz recordings, public debates and radio recordings. Members of the University are allowed, for educational purposes, to search, save or print sections and to incorporate sections in print or electronic course packs/VLEs on a secure environment (with appropriate acknowledgement of the source, listing title & copyright owner). For public display or performance of any part of the archive (e.g. conference or seminar), a public performance licence for the specific work/works used would be required. Access is limited by licence to users in the UK.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh's sketches of Northern Italy

This sketchbook, now held in the Glasgow School of Art archive, was taken by Charles Rennie Mackintosh on his tour of Italy, France and Belgium in 1891. The online version retraces Mackintosh's route via interactive 19th century Baedeker maps, and shows his sketches alongside present day photographs of the same locations (photographs provided by David Buri and George Rawson).

British Museum Collections

Produced by the British Museum, this is a searchable database of around 2 million objects selected from the huge range of the Museum's collections.  The database includes images, descriptive and historical information and references to further information for each object included.

Dezeen magazine

One of the highest regarded Architecture blogs, Dezeen was launched late 2006 and delivers a lot of great content on architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world.

Digimap Ordnance Survey Data Collection

Before you use Digimap, you need to follow instructions for registering your BUCS username & password with EDINA - you MUST NOT share these with anyone. Digimap enables you to access, draw & download digital map data, and it provides the following two collections:

Ordnance Survey maps and data

Ranges from small-scale road maps to large-scale, finely detailed mapping showing individual buildings. The service includes:

Historic maps from Landmark

Expedition Workshed

Free online educational resources - videos, games, projects, etc - for civil and structural engineering, including materials and design, created by academics and professionals. Includes videos on materials by Tim Ibell

Images of England

A digital library of photographs of England's Listed Buildings. 

JISC: Internet for Audio, Video & Image searching

A series of tutorials that explore resources online for finding free and copyright cleared audio, video and images for educational purposes.   

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

NTRS provides access to the NIX Collection of citations, images, photos, movies and videos downloaded from the NASA Image eXchange (the images are generally available for educational and information purposes but please check the copyright statement with each individual image). The site also includes citations and documents created or sponsored by NASA, and its predecesoor, NACA, from 1915 to date.  


The NBS (National Building Specification) website includes a broad range of programmes on civil engineering subjects, including case studies, technical guidance and interviews with leading industry figures. 

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online gives full text, searchable access to four online reference works: Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.  Links to other web resources also included.

Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library Images (POVALi)

Browse more than 20,000 images of vernacular architecture from around the world. These images were taken by Professor Paul Oliver MBE during his fifty year career. It's open access and includes details on how to reference the images.

Pidgeon Digital

This resource gives access to a collection of online illustrated talks by architects and related designers.  Note: the resource requires Macromedia Flash to be installed on your PC.  There is an option to download this plug-in on the Pidgeon Digital site.

Royal Academy of Arts

The RA is "an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects". They host a wide variety of exhibitions and have a popular blog and series of videos and podcasts.

RUDI: Resource for Urban Design Information

A multimedia  resource for teaching, research and professional activity in urban design and includes the physical design, management, planning and use of buildings and landscape in terms of their relationship to public and open space.  The service gathers and re-publishes multimedia material contributed by professional bodies, practitioners, academics and students. It also researches and creates new resources.

VADS (Visual Arts Data Service)

Includes over 100,000 images from national collections in art, design, sculpture and architecture. Images are freely available and copyright cleared for use in teaching, learning and research in the UK. Permission must be obtained for any other use. See the terms and conditions for full usage rights.