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Image: A view from the air of the settlement of Sawakin on the Red Sea coast of Sudan, photographed by Colonel H.E. Hebbert in August 1930. (RCMS 120/1/1/21)

The RCS collections contain some fine photographic panoramas, many of which have been digitised.

Search Cambridge Digital Library for panoramic views and aerial photography using the search terms: panorama, panoramic or aerial.

Nine spectacular panoramas were professionally conserved before being digitised. 

Zoom in to see the extraordinary detail in these images.

The detail in these large panoramas is best viewed online; the Medicine Hat panorama  is over two metres long!  Researchers wishing to view the originals should contact the RCS librarian.

The RCS photographic collections also hold some fascinating aerial photographs, including

Search ArchiveSearch for more aerial photography, and for panoramic photographs, using search terms: aerial, panorama or panoramic.  You can filter your results by ARCHON code: Royal Commonwealth Soc. (GBR/0115)

There are also some fine painted panoramas and views in the Royal Commonwealth Society collections which may be discovered using ArchiveSearch and Cambridge Digital Library using the search term: art work, e.g.

  •  Panorama of Bombay (RCMS 85) by Thomas Wingate, a striking view from the top of Sir Jenisedjie Jeejeebhoy's house. Zoom in to explore the detail.

Contact us

Please address enquiries about RCS holdings to:

Rachel Rowe, Smuts Librarian for South Asian and Commonwealth Studies
Cambridge University Library
West Road


Please note the Librarian is part-time and usually works at the University Library on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Rachel may be reached by phone on Wednesdays and Thursdays on +44(0)1223 333146, but it is preferable to email details of your enquiry.

If your enquiry concerns a valuation, please note that we are unable to provide valuations.  We recommend you contact a specialist antiquarian bookseller or auction house.