We like to see people using our photos. We post photos of our projects to Flickr, a thriving online photographic community. Many people have begun to use these photos on their own websites, desktop backgrounds and even in screensavers.
Images of the past are always fascinating, be they photographs of fabulous ancient treasures, or muddy trenches full of broken medieval pottery.
To actively encourage non-commercial use of our photographs, we have adopted a Creative Commons “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0” license for all of our photos hosted on Flickr, and those in our own gallery (which are in fact, one and the same).

What does this mean?

It means that if you see these logos near one of our photos

You are free:

  • to Share: to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix: to adapt the work
Under the following conditions:
  • Attribution: You must attribute the work to Wessex Archaeology, and where possible provide a hyperlink to the URL of the original work or www.wessexarch.co.uk (but not in any way that suggests that we endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Noncommercial: You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Share Alike: If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.
If you are in any doubt on how you can use the photos, please check the text of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Be Creative

Put your favourite Wessex Archaeology photos on your own website, or even paint your favourite artefact (or skeleton)! Please link back to the photo page on Flickr (as per their community guidelines) or gallery/project page if copied directly from our website - this will help people to find our more about the context of the photo.


We hope that more widespread use of our photographs will encourage more people to learn about, or take an interest in, archaeology and history. We believe that adopting a Creative Commons license will help us to achieve this, and remove any doubt about how and where our images may be used.

What do I do if I want to use one of your photos commercially?

To use our images commercially please download and complete a copy of the PDF here
and return it to Pippa BradleyWe aim to answer enquiries within 10 working days.