Events and activities

Talks and Conferences


  •  HEIR, 2nd International Conference on Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, Oxford, June 20-21
  • Re-discovering Oxford with Images from HEIR, Wantage Wildlife, History and Archaeology Group, June 10
  • Crowdsourcing Photographs – HEIR, Oxford University Computing Service IT Learning Programme Make: June 7
  • Re-discovering Oxford with Images from HEIR, Thame Museum, April 21
  • The Historic Environment Image Resource, Henley Archaeology and History Group, Feb 2
  • Archives and HEIR as a source for student research and theses, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford


  • Archives as a Research Resource, Senate House, University of London, Nov 20
  • Archives at the Institute of Archaeology Oxford, Oxford University Archaeological Society, Nov 9
  • The HEIR Project, Museum Computer Network Conference, Minneapolis USA, Nov 6
  • HEIR – New archaeological Research Opportunities from a Redundant Archive, University of Leicester, Oct 21
  • HEIR – Potential and Practice, Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities Conference, National Archives and Research Libraries UK, Manchester, Oct 13
  • Archives as a Research Resource for Students, Magdalen College Oxford, Oct 5
  • Crowdsourcing Archives, Micropasts Conference, British Museum and University College London, Sep 23
  • Oxford Then and Now – Views of the Past for the Present, Oxford Open Doors, Sep 12
  • Visualizing Urban Change – HEIR. Negotiation Change in Urban Spaces Conference, Nuffield College, Oxford, June 2015.
  • Moving Pictures: Exploring archaeological Networks of Pictures and Knowledge in the 19th and 20th Centuries. North American Theoretical Archaeology Group Conference, New York, USA, May 23
  • The Historic Environment Image Resource LAUNCH, Harris Manchester College, Oxford, May 14
  • The HEIR Project: old images for modern geographers, Oxford University Geography Society, Oxford: April 30
  • Photography at the Institute of Archaeology, The Photography Seminar, Oxford March
  • Living off the Romans in the 19th and 20th centuries. Roman Discussion Forum, Oxford. February 25


  • The HEIR Project: A Potted History, Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group, University of Sheffield, Sep 27
  • A Forgotten Archive: Early Photographs of Oxfordshire from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, South Oxfordshire Archaeology Group, Sep 25
  • HEIR: the Greek photographs of Sir John Linton Myres, Greek Archaeology Group, Oxford, May 15
  • An unexpected story: late nineteenth century and early twentieth century photographs of children in field archaeologists’ records, The Seventh International Conference of the Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past (SSCIP) – in partnership with La Trobe University, Melbourne Library Service and the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, March 29


Festivals, Exhibitions, Publicity

LiveFriday at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 15 May 2015:

  • From London to Constatinople: The Historic Environment Image Resource: a live Lantern Slide Performance
  • HEIRtagger on ipads
  • Oxford then and now: image quest 1880 versus 2016

Opening the archive:

Being Human: National Festival of the Humanities 2014:

Following our successful funding bid to, HEIR carried out several public interactive activities under the heading “The shock of the old: glass plate negatives and photographs of the late 19th century’ during the festival week of 15-22 November 2014.

These included:

  • A live magic lantern-slide performance in costume and with live musical accompaniment at St Margaret’s Institute, Oxford, ‘From London to Constantinople – a Victorian lantern slide performance’ (, which was fully booked with over 100 visitors on the night and received outstanding feedback.
  • A one-day display in the Atrium, Ashmolean Museum, of ‘Snow and Camels’ for LiveFriday (Museums open night), attracting hundreds of visitors, and coinciding with the official Christmas Lights celebration Oxford City. A full catalogue of the images displayed can be found at the web-address mentioned above.

HEIR also featured at the ‘Egyptomania’, Ashmolean Museum Live Friday event, when HEIR images were used as background to their ‘Photo-booth’, allowing visitors to be photographed against a background of lantern-slides of 19th century Egypt.



  • Forthcoming: Crawford, S. and K. Ulmschneider: Children in the picture: new perspectives on children and childhood from the Historic Environment Image Resource, Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Childhood, Oxford University Press, 2017
  • Crawford, S. and Ulmschneider, K: ‘HEIR: A New Interdisciplinary Source for the Study of Global Childhood in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries’ Childhood In The Past 8 (1): 5-23, 2015
  • Crawford, S. and K. Ulmschneider: Scoping Material and Visual Culture Archives in the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions at the University of Oxford, 2014

and see our blogs at the Historic Environment Image Resource and Archaeology Archives Oxford


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