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Galleries and Collections which allow WikiTree to use Images

On this page you will find details of some galleries and collections which permit WikiTree to use images on their websites.

For a list of some sites which specifically deny general permission for image use on WikiTree, see this free space page. Please note that the list on that page is far from comprehensive and is likely to be added to over time.

Please use the format for accreditation which is set out for each gallery or collection, and note any restrictions (eg to images made available under Creative Commons licenses, which will be clear from the website page for the image). This accreditation should be put in the comment box you are invited to fill in when uploading a photo, and any supplementary instructions below should be followed. For Creative Commons licences you should specify the type of Creative Commons licence - this should be set out on the page where you find the image.

Please do not modify images unless they are in the public domain. For most other images, it is usually not permissible to crop them or alter them in any other way.

In addition to the galleries and collections listed below, here is a site you can use for general searches for Creative Commons images:

CC Search

Galleries, Collections etc

American Antiquarian Society

  • Some low resolution images available on open access, including portrait photos and images of gravestones
  • Website for open-access digital collections: https://www.americanantiquarian.org/aasdigitalcollections
  • Accreditation wording: ”[Description]], [weblink], Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, courtesy, American Antiquarian Society"

Art Institute of Chicago

Art UK

  • A one-stop shop for images in a large number of mainly public collections in the UK
  • Images with a button in the menu bar underneath the image showing a down arrow can be used on WikiTree: they will be either public domain or covered by a Creative Commons licence
  • click on the down arrow to download
  • Accreditation wording: [description], [name of gallery or collection - you will find this on the right towards the bottom of the image page], [link to image page], [public domain/type of Creative Commons licence (you will find this when you click on the down arrow)]
  • Images with no down arrow in the menu bar and just a copyright symbol should not be used on WikiTree without obtaining permission from the collection concerned


  • A website of art and multimedia from public collections around the world
  • Website: https://library.artstor.org/#/home
  • Check for Rights information on the image page. Use only images either in the Public Domain, or with no known copyright, or covered by a Creative Commons non-commercial licence. Note that many other images are covered by copyright and should not be used.
  • Accreditation wording: click on the Citation button and use one of the forms of citation suggested. Add either "Public domain" or the Creative Commons licence information on the right hand side of the image.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England

  • Website: https://www.ashmolean.org/
  • Online collections search page: https://collections.ashmolean.org
  • Permission given for use of low resolution images
  • Accreditation wording: Description (including artist/photographer etc where relevant), [Accession number - you will find this at the bottom of the image page], Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, England, [whatever is in the credit line towards the bottom of the image page], image©️Ashmolean Museum. Permission for use of images on WikiTree given by Ashmolean Museum in email to Michael Cayley on 12 August 2021
  • When uploading images, put in the location field: Image©️Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
  • Record of consent given here

Birmingham Museums, England

Bodleian Library, Oxford, England

  • Website: https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/
  • A substantial number of images are available, including some portraits
  • Accreditation wording: [description], link to webpage containing image, Creative Commons licence CC-BY-NC 4.0, followed by any relevant copyright notice provided by Digital Bodleian on the content, or alternatively in the following format: “Copyright © [name of copyright owner][year of first publication]“

British Library

  • Website: https://www.bl.uk/
  • Some images have been released by the British Library into the public domain, notably from the catalogue of illuminated manuscripts: see https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/~/link.aspx?_id=ECD55B95AD4C4306809EAD127933643C&_z=z#. Others are made available under a creative commons licence. Check what is said on the image page.
  • Accreditation wording: "The British Library, [shelfmark of the manuscript and folio of the image], [link to webpage]", and add either "released into the public domain" or "Creative Commons licence" with type of Creative Common licence
  • In the location field, include "From the British Library"
  • Some images have a citation field which gives a form of wording that can be used for the citation
  • Be aware that many images in the site are copyright, so take care

British Listed Buildings

  • Website: https://britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/
  • Online database of buildings and structures officially recognised as of special architectural and historic interest
  • You can search by partial or full name of building, place name, or partial or full postcode
  • Accreditation wording: [description], [link to webpage with photo], British Listed Buildings website, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License

British Museum

  • Website: https://research.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx
  • Use on WikiTree permitted for low resolution images covered by Creative Commons licences.
  • Accreditation wording: "[Description], British Museum, catalogue number (appears under the image), Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence"
  • Images will be emailed to you but this may take a day or two
  • You need to register to obtain images

Burghley House Collection

  • Website: https://collections.burghley.co.uk
  • Permission granted by email to Michael Cayley dated 31 October 2019.
  • Accreditation wording: "From the Burghley House collection. Permission for use on WikiTree granted by email dated 31 October 2019."
  • Include in either the description or the location field for the image: "from the Burghley House collection".
  • Include the name of the artist, where known, in the description.
  • To download images: right-click.
  • Record of consent given here

David Rumsey's Historical Map Collection

  • Website: https://www.davidrumsey.com/view - use Luna View to locate map
  • Images of maps have dates on them. Any map with a date before 1924 can be used on WikiTree. Later maps may be subject to copyright and cannot safely be used on WikiTree unless there is an explicit indication that they may be reproduced on the web.
  • Accreditation wording: "[Description], David Rumsey Map Collection, David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford Libraries, [link to webpage containing map], Creative Commons Licence" with type of Creative Common licence
  • If you are using a map from this collection, please either

English Heritage (Blue Plaques)

  • Website: Home page
  • Permission restricted to use of the photographs of the plaque roundels and the house-and-plaque shots from the profile pages of the English Heritage website.
  • Find a plaque
  • Permission granted by email to Neill Reed on the 06 July 2021 by Dr Rebecca Preston, Historian, Blue Plaques for English Heritage.
  • English Heritage must be acknowledged with following suggested wording or similar
  • The Blue Plaque for (Enter the name of the person) was installed on (Enter details of location) by English Heritage <ref> English Heritage Blue Plaque [Enter full URL path to the relevant Blue Plaque (Available Online)] accessed …… 2021 </ref>

Europeana Collections

  • Website: Europeana
  • Over 2 million images in the public domain: under the public domain images is "Can I use it? Yes PD"
  • Accreditation wording: "[Description], image in public domain, [any gallery etc details], from Europeana, [link to image page]"

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England

  • Website: https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/
  • Some images may not be used. Locate an image, click on "use this image" to see if it is covered by a Creative Commons Licence. If it isn't, the image should not be used.
  • Click on the download button to obtain a low resolution image for use on WikiTree.
  • Accreditation wording: [description], Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England, [link to webpage containing image], [Creative Commons licence information]

Flickr: The Commons

  • A subset of the Flickr image-hosting site for images in the public domain
  • Website: https://www.flickr.com/commons
  • Use the search part way down the page to search for images in the public domain: do not use the search box at the top of the page
  • Accreditation wording: "[Description, including any information on where the image comes from], image in public domain, [link to image page], Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs licence (CC BY-NC-ND)"

Geograph Britain and Ireland

  • Website: https://www.geograph.org.uk/
  • Site aiming to host photographs of every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Accreditation wording: after finding an image, click on "Find out how to reuse this image". There is then a choice:
    • Downloading a stamped image with the licensing information written discreetly across the very bottom of the image. If you do this, when uploading the image, say that licensing information is on the image. This is obviously the simplest course.
    • Copying one of the suggested credit wordings and pasting it into the comment box when uploading an unstamped image.

Getty Trust Open Content

Glasgow Museums, Scotland

  • Website: https://collections.glasgowmuseums.com/mwebcgi/mweb?request=home
  • Many images, including portraits, available under a Creative Commons licence
  • Check on the image page if the image is available for use under a Creative Commons licence, generally a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License: this will be stated immediately below the image
  • Accreditation wording: ”[Description], Glasgow Museums Online, [link to image page], Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License [or, if different, whatever Creative Commons Licence it is]

Historical Marker Database (USA)

  • A database of US "historical information viewed through the filter of roadside and other permanent outdoor markers, monuments, and plaques"
  • Website: https://www.hmdb.org
  • Minimum accreditation wording for most images: "[Description], photo by [name of photographer], https://www.hmdb.org, uploaded under a general permission given on the website"
  • Some images are released under a Creative Commons licence: this is clearly indicated, and this information should be included in the accreditation - "Creative Commons Licence [version of the licence]"
  • A small minority of images have been added to the website with restrictions on reproduction elsewhere. These should not be used on WikiTree without the consent of the rights holder. Again, these images are clearly indicated.

Imperial War Museums

  • Website: https://www.iwm.org.uk/
  • Choose ‘Objects’ from the drop down menu ‘Objects and History’ and a search bar will appear. Applying the ‘Share and Reuse’ filter at the bottom of the page will restrict the search to images that may be used.
  • Having found an image it may be downloaded using the ‘Use Image’ button (You should check that the accepted commercial use includes the phrase “ Use on websites that are primarily information-led, research-oriented and not behind a paywall.”) then click the download button.
  • IWM require that the image is not modified in any way including cropping or removing the watermark.
  • Accreditation wording: Use the unique number at the left of the page eg © IWM HU 118379, recognition of IWM eg “ Free to reuse for non-commercial purposes under the Imperial War Museums Non Commercial Licence.” and a link to the page you found eg https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205386441

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs

  • Website: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/
  • On the image page, look at "rights advisory" on the right to confirm there are no restrictions
  • Accreditation wording: "[Description], Library of Congress, image in public domain, from [link to image page]"

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

  • Website: https://collections.lacma.org
  • Images with a download button are believed by the Museum to be in the public domain and can be used on WikiTree. If you use their search facility, you can restrict your search to public domain images.
  • Accreditation wording: "[Description], Los Angeles County Museum of Art, image in public domain, from [link to image page]"

Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Website: Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Access items
  • Images made available without description under an Open Access program
  • Accreditation wording: "[Description], Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, image made available under One Access program, from [link to webpage for image]". Add "Public domain" if that is indicated.
  • To download images, click on download button

National Army Museum, London, England

  • Website: https://www.nam.ac.uk/
  • Search page: https://collection.nam.ac.uk/
  • Images can be used if they are indicated to be one of the following (you will find this information on the image page):
    • out of copyright
    • copyright of the National Army Museum and made available under a Creative Commons licence
    • copyright of the Crown (© Crown Copyright)
  • Accreditation wording:
    • out-of-copyright: description, National Army Museum, London, [link to image page]
    • copyright of the National Army Museum: description, National Army Museum, London, any other attribution information on the image page, [link to image page], Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives Licence (CC BY-NC-ND)
    • Crown copyright: description, National Army Museum, London, any other attribution information on the image page, [link to image page], National Army Museum Non-Commercial Licence

National Galleries of Scotland

  • Website: https://www.nationalgalleries.org/
  • Permission for use on WikiTree restricted to images covered by a Creative Commons licence: "Images of works where copyright has expired or where a copyright holder has agreed to release the image are available for you to use under the terms of the CC-BY-NC 3.0 License. These images will include the text "Creative Commons - CC by NC" at the bottom of their banner.”
  • Accreditation wording: "[Artist name if applicable], [title or description], National Galleries of Scotland, [link to webpage containing image], Creative Commons - CC by NC"

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

  • Website for Open Access images: https://images.nga.gov/en/page/show_home_page.html
  • Accreditation wording: ”[Description], National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, image available under Open Access"
  • There is no download option for images not available under Open Access

National Gallery, London, England

  • website: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk
  • Low resolution images are licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement and are available for download.
  • The Creative Commons wording is available on the website
  • Examples of non-commercial use are:
    • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
    • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media
    • The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.
    • As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

  • Website: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection
  • Images with a download button are public domain and can be used on WikiTree. Other images are likely to be subject to copyright.
  • Accreditation wording: description, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, link to webpage containing image, public domain

National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

  • Website: http://zone47.com/crotos/dwynwen/cosmos/
  • Most images are public domain or available for free reuse under a Creative Commons licence. Do not use any images which have a ©️symbol. When you click on an image, after a few seconds, information about the copyright status will appear below the image, showing whether it is public domain or covered by a Creative Commons (generally ccO) licence
  • Accreditation: description, National Library of wales, link to webpage, and then either
    • public domain or
    • Creative Commons cc0 licence

National Portrait Gallery, London, England

  • Website: https://www.npg.org.uk
  • Permission granted by email to Michael Cayley dated 24 February 2020. This permission is limited to low resolution images available under Creative Commons licences. This will be obvious from the image page on the website if you click on "Use this image" - if no Creative Commons licence information appears, do not use the image.
  • Accreditation wording: give the description, including the Gallery reference number, as on the image page, and then add "Creative Commons licence BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported, (c) National Portrait Gallery, London". For example:
William Congreve, studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, oil on canvas, 1709, NPG 3199, Creative Commons licence CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported, (c) National Portrait Gallery, London
  • In addition, "(c) National Portrait Gallery, London" should also appear in the place field for the image.
  • To download images, click on "Use this image", choose the Creative Commons licence information, and follow instructions. You need to give an email address. 2 files will be downloaded: one is a small text file with licence information and an invitation to make a voluntary donation. The other is the low resolution image.
  • Record of consent given here

New York Public Library

  • Website: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org
  • When you start searching, below the search box a tick box appears enabling you to confine your search to public domain images. Click to do so. (Not all images are in the public domain.)
  • Accreditation wording: in the webpage with the image, click on "cite this item" and copy and paste one of the citation wordings provided. Chicago format is preferred by WikiTree. Add "Public domain" after the citation wording provided.

Paris Museums

  • Website: http://parismuseescollections.paris.fr/fr
  • After searching for images of a subject, go to the left hand menu and click on "Image libre de droit seulement" to restrict results to Open Content items
  • Accreditation wording: "[Description including artist/photographer where relevant], [name of Museum or Gallery], open content made available by Musées de la Ville de Paris"

Smithsonian Institute

  • Website: https://www.si.edu/openaccess
  • Accreditation: use the credit line given on the right hand side of the image page (you may need to scroll down). Then add "Smithsonian Institute: image available under Open Access"
  • Either right-click or use the down-load button, which will give a set of options

Tate Gallery, United Kingdom

  • Website: http://www.tate.org.uk
  • Permission granted by email to Michael Cayley dated 9 December 2019. This permission is limited to low resolution images available under Creative Commons licences. Where an image is available under a Creative Commons licence, this will be stated under the image.
  • Accreditation wording: "[ARTIST NAME], [TITLE OF WORK], [DATE], Tate [ACCESSION NUMBER OF WORK], digital image © Tate released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)". For example:
John Constable, Ann Constable, c.1800–5 or ?c.1815, Tate T03902, digital image © Tate released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)
  • To download images, right-click.
  • Record of consent given here

Trove Collection (Australia)

Images, Maps and Photographs

  • Image search page: https://trove.nla.gov.au/search/advanced/category/images
  • Having located an image you would like to use, scroll down to below the image. If it is marked "out of copyright" you can use it on WikiTree. Click on "Read More" to see any instructions about attribution.
  • Accreditation wording: [description, including date and name of photographer etc if given], [what is requested for attribution], link to webpage containing image, "out of copyright"

Newspapers and gazettes

  • Use the search box on the Trove home page, https://trove.nla.gov.au. To the left of the magnifying glass is a dropdown menu: select "newspapers and gazettes". Or just do an "All category" search and then look at the results for newspapers and gazettes
  • If the publication date is before 1955, the digitised image can be used on WikiTree
  • Accreditation wording: click on the "cite this" button, and use what it says; then add, "Trove website, https://trove.nla.gov.au, out of copyright"
  • The citation wording can also be used for inline citations in Biography sections of profiles


  • Mainly modern photos, all made available for general use.
  • Website: https://unsplash.com
  • Accreditation wording: "Unsplash.com: [photographer name], image released for general use, [link to image page]"

Wellcome Collection, London, England

Wikimedia Commons

  • Website: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  • Not all images on Wikimedia Commons can safely be used: it is necessary to check the licence information underneath the image
    • Images in the public domain can be used: but please be aware that some images are wrongly said to be public domain: it is desirable to seek to check where the image came from
    • Images subject to a Creative Commons licence can generally be used - the licence information needs to be quoted when uploading the image to WikiTree
    • Images coming from family trees on the web etc should not be used unless there is evidence that they are public domain or covered by a Creative Commons licence or other permissions - if they are, this should be stated when uploading the image
  • Suggested accreditation wording: "[Description], from Wikimedia Commons, [link to image page]"; add either "Public domain" or the Creative Commons licence information, eg " Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license". There is a good and simple citation generator, giving the legal information, for images from Wikipedia and Wikimedia at https://lizenzhinweisgenerator.de/?lang=en.

Yale Center for British Art

Yale University Art Gallery

York Museums, England

  • Website: https://www.yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk/collections/
  • Having found an image, check underneath to see if it is public domain: if it is, it can be used on WikiTree
  • Accreditation wording: "[Description], York Museums and Gallery Trust, [link to image page], public domain"

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Hi Michael and Michael

I noticed this G2G https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1414899/policy-greenlight-national-archive-posting-images-copyright and although it is images of documents (wills) wondering if you wanted to add something to this fantastic page?


posted by John Atkinson
The difficulty is that the National Archives require the image either to be watermarked or to be at a low resolution of no more than, typically, 72 dpi. Most WT members will not know how - and may not have the software - to add a watermark. The National Archives do not, as far as I am aware, indicate what is the resolution of images of wills which logged-in users can download for free. So we would need to give guidance on how users can check, and if necessary adjust, the resolution, and that is likely to vary from app to app and between different types of device (laptops, iPads, Android tablets, etc). This makes it all a bit complicated. We have had similar complications with one or two other websites, and concluded that it was all too difficult for the site concerned to be added to the list. This does not stop WT members with the know-how from uploading low resolution images of images of wills downloaded from the National Archives.

Some sites limit free downloads to low resolution images, which can then be used on WT and other websites. England's National Portrait Gallery is one. It is a pity that the National Archives do not do the same.

posted by Michael Cayley
Michael(s), mant thanks, for your efforts on compiling this great WT profile improvement resource.

Here is a link for CC0 images collection at the National Library of Wales. http://zone47.com/crotos/dwynwen/cosmos/

posted by Todd Gilbert
Thank you, Todd. That is very helpful. I have added the National Library of Wales to the page.
posted by Michael Cayley
Michael, thank you so much for obtaining permission to use all these sites for images! Greatly appreciated!
Has an attempt been made to contact Jstor about using their content?
posted by David (E) Ebel
That is not about images, which is what this page is concerned with. But the answer, to the best of my knowledge, is no, nor would it be sensible to seek to do so. JSTOR is a platform where publishers have made material available under terms and conditions which vary from publisher to publisher and from publication to publication. Users are required to respect the terms set for each publication. This is so even for their Open Access content, which is Open Access not uninhibited use.
posted by Michael Cayley
edited by Michael Cayley
... which of course means that the normal rules in copyright law etc apply. Plus WikiTree's own policy on copying text and using images from elsewhere.
posted by Michael Cayley
I found Artstor.org today. Like JStor, it is a collection of art from museums, libraries, and universities. Their search routines are good and they have a built in citation button. I thought you might find it useful.
posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag
Thanks, Debi. I will need to add some copyright qualifications as many of the images require permission from the copyright holder before use on WikiTree.
posted by Michael Cayley