Happy New Year! The first post of 2017 is written by guest blogger Nathan Geyer, a second year undergraduate History of Art student from St Catherine’s College . Nathan has been working with HEIR on an internship placement. It has been fascinating to see the synergy between art history and the archives here at the Institute of Archaeology… Like […]

HEIR was created to help us understand monuments in changing landscapes. Your photographs showing ‘then’ and ‘now’ are giving a new insight into how the environment changes perceptions of what monuments are for. Martin Rush has been travelling in north England and sent us a rephotograph of HEIR ID 36501 (an image from Passmore’s lantern slide […]

One of the delights of being part of the University of Oxford is discovering the sheer breadth as well as the depth of the collective knowledge of individuals here. We were recently reminded how great this range is when we came across this image in the HEIR Project archive from the Plant Science Collection of the Radcliffe […]

This is an image from the Institute of Archaeology’s lantern slide collection of the Roman Villa at Chedworth, Gloucestershire. This lantern slide was made and sold by local commercial photographer Henry Taunt. Taunt (1842-1922) mainly photographed in Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley, and was a pioneer in both landscape and archaeological photography. HEIRtagger Martin Rush […]

…the public convenience at York’s Bootham Bar. When most people look at images like  this one: …they see the towers of the fine cathedral at York, the impressive gate of the medieval city wall, or maybe their eye is caught by the posters advertising an ‘overcoat depot’ or the ‘York Herald – Daily’. HEIRtaggers are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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…

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 […]

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 […]