Conditions: Europeana is the digital platform for European cultural heritage. Many of the images have no use restrictions on them and are free to use for any purpose. To search for these, tick the Free Re-use box on the left side of the search filters.
The re-use conditions for free may be affected by the copyright conditions in your country:
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This digital object is protected by copyright and/or related rights. This digital object is accessible without charge, but its use is subject to the licensing conditions set by the organization giving access to it.
Unless expressly stated otherwise in the licensing conditions, you are free to make any of the acts permitted by your national copyright and related rights act, including browsing, printing and making a copy for your own personal purposes.
All other acts of reproduction and communication to the public are subject to the licensing conditions attached to the digital object.
Conditions: Getting images free from the NMM requires fulfilling certain conditions. They give a 100% academic discount for runs below 1000 editions, as below.
‘Discounts on reproduction fees are available for images used on interior pages of scholarly and not-for-profit publications, see the table below. This discount does not include supply fees. A minimum £50 spend applies per order.’
||DISCOUNT N.B. MINIMUM FEE £50 + VAT
|UP TO 3000
|UP TO 2000
|UP TO 1000
The £50 minimum fee is a cost but the images available for this cost if the conditions are fulfilled makes this offer a bargain. File under ‘nearly free’.
‘Conditions of free images
As long as low resolution files are already available on the Picture Library website:http://images.rmg.co.ukyou can download these files for free under the following conditions:
- Academic Press publications, scholarly journals and self-published family history books with a print or e-book run under 500.
(this does not include front or back cover use which does incur a fee).
- Academic thesis and student essays, which are not being published.
- Free educational lectures or classes.
- Private websites and blogs with a primarily informational purpose.
- Low resolution files are 72 dpi and 800 pixels maximum length.
- A maximum of 15 low resolution images can be used in any single project.
- If you re-print the project at a later date, then a fee would need to be paid for the re-print.
High resolution files are subject to a fee.’
The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. Comprising almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts and running to more than a million objects, the Collection is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of kings and queens over the past 500 years.
Following the execution of Charles I in 1649, the greater part of the King’s magnificent possessions was sold by order of Oliver Cromwell, and the Royal Collection has largely been formed since the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.
The Royal Collection is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the nation. It is not owned by her as a private individual.
Conditions: Images may be free to use upon personal application to the Picture Library detailing the academic project.
Source: Personal communication. Contact the Picture Library via https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/picturelibrary
Collection: Here you can search in the Royal Armoury, Skokloster Castle and Hallwyl museum collection online database. You can find information on museum collections, images of objects and museum environments and the people who have made, owned and used the objects. These include paintings, weapons, furniture and costumes but also the accounts, books and everyday objects.
The images are free to download and use. The photos are tagged with Creative Commons licenses and copyright information, see the connection to each image.
Since March 2013 our entire image archive is available on the Internet. All 40,000 images are published under open licences, about a third of them in high resolution. Now you can use all our images, free of charge.