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 […]

We’ve added some new photographic negatives to the HEIR collection. The negatives came from an envelope marked ‘O.G.S. Crawford’, but there was no further information about when or where the pictures were taken, though we think they date to the 1920s. The images included these two views of hillforts: Exhibit A – you can see […]

One of the benefits of digitising separate lantern slide collections and placing them all on one searchable database is that it makes it very easy to spot duplicate images. Looking through our HEIR image database (heir.arch.ox.ac.uk), we discovered two almost identical photographs of Istanbul, one from the Department for the History of Art, and one from the […]

We often notice the similarities between archives and archaeological excavations. Sometimes, in the post-excavation process, you come across two sherds of the same pot dug up from different parts of the site. It’s a great feeling when you suddenly realize that the piece of pottery in the bag you’re working on matches a piece you […]

by Roelie Reed The Old Town (Staré Mésto) In my quest to visit as many different places as possible, I went to Prague recently.   Of course, I checked HEIR to see if there were any old photographs of the city so that I could re-photograph buildings/places.

Looking through the HEIR database, tagger Boarshill commented on this image: He writes: ‘Huntcliff was a Roman signal station on the Cleveland Way coastal path a mile or two east of Saltburn-by-the-Sea. It was on cliffs (Hunt Cliff) which are eroding into the North Sea. Its brief story seems to be: first identified 1862, excavated […]