Wellcome Images describes itself as the “world’s richest and most unique collections”.
If you poke around, you’ll find it difficult to argue with that description.
You would be hard pressed to find a comparable collection. I came across the site while looking for some World War I images the other day and, I’ll confess, I stayed and explored the site far longer than I ever expected.
Like so many image collection repositories, you can browse your way through a gallery – Ancient medicine is fascinating (and scarey) – or you can do a simple or advanced search to find just what you’re looking for.
I’ll confess, the search results themselves, took me off on interesting tangents. What a collection!
And, the use of the imagery is governed by Creative Commons license.
Checking the pricing link for details but most of the content is free to use within some very school friendly use.
Hi-res historical images are also available to download from this site free of charge, for any usage, under a Creative Commons Attribution Only – CC-BY licence.
For new photography, larger electronic files or prints, please see the price list below. Prices exclude VAT and postage.
Make sure that you allot an ample amount of time to explore Wellcome Images. I’ll bet you can’t stop at one!