A guest post by freelance photographer Samantha Obman, who is drawing on HEIR images as the inspiration for her latest work. Photography gives importance to an event or place when someone finds it meaningful and chooses to save/document it. As I have been working on rephotographing for the HEIR project in London, I have noticed similarities […]

The celebrated Second Temple of Hera, built in the 5th century BC at the Greek colony at Paestum, Italy, is the cover image for our 2018 calendar. Mis-identified as the Temple of Poseidon on our lantern slide, the temple was one of several impressive structures within the Greek colonial city. It now stands within the […]

All these lovely images from the HEIR database could be yours to keep you cheerful through the year. To buy the new HEIR calendar (spiral bound A4 size), come to the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford, or go to the University’s on-line shop. All proceeds go to support further digitization and curation of the HEIR archive. […]

Then: 1894 Horse-drawn wagons pick their way through the floods of November 1894 towards the city, along the road into Oxford. Parts of the low-lying Abingdon Road lie over the 30-arched Norman bridge which gave its name to the area: Grandpont. The Norman bridge in turn replaced an earlier, Anglo-Saxon causeway. The sturdy brick-built terraced […]

A 19th century photograph of a famous medieval door, now removed, restored and rehung Martin Rush (aka HEIRtagger Boarshill) posted a comment on this lantern slide image (HEIR id 43942) as a good example of a ‘lost’ view (though for sound conservation reasons): “St Helen’s, Stillingfleet parish church – about 10 miles east of the A1 and […]

In the blog of March 2017 about the problems of 35mm slides it was noted that “ Archaeologists don’t have ‘holidays’, they just have extra time to visit sites. Archaeologists also deliberately take photographs of aspects of sites that non-archaeologists don’t usually capture”  The same is also true of Geographers! Any opportunity to extend their […]

When we were setting up the HEIR project, photographer and archaeology student Persefoni Lesgidi volunteered to rephotograph some of our HEIR images of Athens, with unexpected results. The upper image shows the Erectheum at the Acropolis, Athens (HEIR ID 38087). Persefoni’s photograph illustrates the changes that have taken place between c1890, when George Washington Wilson recorded […]

A little while ago, HEIRtagger BoarsHill rephotographed some of our images on a trip to Northumberland, and filled us in on the story behind some of the sites. This is the beautiful image of Tynemouth Priory from the History of Art Department’s collection. BoarsHill commented that this is an important place: “Tynemouth castle, on the north […]

The Society of Antiquaries has a newsletter, Salon. Recent editions of the newsletter have included discussions about what to do with the problem of 35mm slides, ranging from advice about how to choose which ones to throw away, to instructions on turning them into a fetching lampshade. Why are 35mm slides a problem, you might […]

This evocative image of a London horse-drawn bus standing in front of a motorised bus comes from a collection of glass plate negatives donated to our archive. This is the 48 service from Cambridge Road to Earls Court Road, according to the sign on the side: But when was it taken? We thought that horse-drawn and […]