Flickr Commons

The Commons on Flickr is the most amazing resource, but not only does it contain tens of thousands of images from large institutions across the world, shared for all to see (and use), it is a whole community where information is offered, gathered and documented. You can see what’s happening and keep up with the latest news and discoveries in the Flickr Commons group. There’s also a dedicated and fascinating blog called Indicommons.

To give you a flavour, here’s a slideshow of some example images from the UK’s National Maritime Museum, but be sure to check out more via the main Commons site – www.flickr.com/commons. And finally, I’ve just put together a (very experimental) interactive timeline of pre-1900 Commons images – about 11,000 in total!

Re-Think Gallery Space

Yinka Shonibare - Nelson`s Ship in a Bottle

Trwyn Du lighthouse by Richard Bowden

The brick-built Customs Watch House and lighthouse on Fleetwood

Bodinnick ferry, Fowey, Cornwall

The Papanui (1898) at anchor on the Thames at Gravesend

A dead whale possibly in Naden Harbour, Queen Charlotte Islands

A close-up view of the head of a whale at (possibly) Naden Harbour, Queen Charlotte Islands

A whale on the slips at Naden Harbour, Queen Charlotte Islands

Ice in the River Thames off Gravesend, 1895

Ice in the River Thames off Gravesend, 1895

In the picture workshop 2nd April 2012

In the picture workshop 9th April 2012

In the picture workshop 9th April 2012

In the picture workshop 13th April 2012

In the picture workshop 6th April 2012

The Queen in the Queen`s House

The Opening

Princess Elizabeth joins the Party

Arrival of Her Her Majesty, Queen Mary

Opening of the east wing by Princess Elizabeth.

HM Queen in the Queen`s bedchamber of the Queen`s House on the day of its opening in 1990

Queen`s bedchamber of the Queen`s House

The King`s Ante chamber, Queen`s House, Greenwich

The Royal party at the opening of the National Maritime Museum.

The Royal party at the opening of the National Maritime Museum.

The Royal opening of the National Maritime Museum

Survivors from the destroyer HMS Achates

A casualty is transferred ashore

Torpedomen of the light cruiser HMS Jamaica

The bow of HMS King George V, showing damage following her collision with HMS Punjabi

British and Soviet naval officers enjoying a concert aboard HMS Duke of York

An oil tanker in convoy with a cargo vessel beyond it

A V/W class destroyer dropping a depth charge

The destroyer USS Wainwright DD419 refuelling from the cruiser HMS Norfolk

Early morning take-off

‘Order of the Blue Nose’ certificate

Convoy steaming through ice-covered water

The bridge of the light cruiser HMS Sheffield in bad weather

‘Whisky’ the cat, pet and mascot of HMS Duke of York

Anti-aircraft gunnery course

The funnel and bridge area of the destroyer HMS Onslow

Crewmen hoisting the whaler back aboard HMS Wells

Merchant seamen attending a DEMS gunnery course

The forward superstructure of HMS Manchester in Arctic waters

The catapult-armed merchant (CAM) ship Empire Tide

The convoy rescue ship Rathlin

Volunteers using a crane to discharge a ship during the General Strike of 1926

Discharging frozen mutton and lamb from Australia on the Clan Macdougall

Staff at R. & H. Green and Silley Weir Ltd`s Blackwall establishment

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