Monthly Archives: June 2016

Beyond the Caption: James Martin, Dairyman

Our lantern slides were collected by the University for using in lectures. The lantern slide in today’s post comes from the Department for the History of Art. A commercial slide sold by Newton and Co., it was probably bought to be used in a lecture on the history of church architecture. The photographer intended the picture […]

Why old photographs matter: a ‘lost’ church mural from Avebury

The images on HEIR are an important record of heritage management, change and destruction over the course of the 20th century – and are also a reminder of ‘forgotten’ heritage. Today’s example comes from Avebury, but rather than featuring the prehistoric monuments for which the village is famous, this photograph preserves an image of a […]

Repurposing the lantern slide way

Originally posted on Archaeology Archives Oxford:
One of our volunteers spotted this in one of the Institute’s lantern slide boxes and called it to our attention: What was it that attracted his interest? Was it the little round label ‘6054’ which indicated that the slide had originally been one of Sir John Myres’ slides? Was…

We’ve been featured in ETHNOS!

HEIR was recently featured in an article in the Greek newspaper ETHNOS. Many thanks to journalist Stelios Vogiatzakis for highlighting some of the HEIR images – we’ve got a unique collection of photographs of 19th century Greek society, and we are delighted that HEIR is enabling modern Greeks to access them. If you want to see the […]

The Story Behind the Picture – the Cheapside Plane Tree

Part of the HEIR database comes from Oxford University’s Plant Science Collection, which includes teaching slides from what used to be the School of Forestry at Oxford, founded in 1905. There are some obvious research advantages to having these images and being able to rephotograph them  – they show the impact of changing ecosystems and are […]