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History of Art: Visual Resources Centre: Projects

The Visual Resources Centre regularly collaborates on projects across the University and Oxford Museums. This enables the Department to share its photographic collections with a wider audience. The Centre is also able to share its experience and knowledge of digitisation with other project initiatives.


The Centre has been working with the Institute of Archeology on the HEIR (Historic Environment Image Resource) project since 2015. This is an initiative to digitise glass lantern slides and 35mm slides from across the University's old teaching collections. The Department of History of Art has so far selected over 5600 slides which were digitised within the Centre by volunteers.

As well as searching the images on a database, users are encouraged to tag the images with selected keywords and to help identify locations.

By digitising the slides and making them easily accessible it opens up the possibility for re-discoveries and new research in to the areas of art historiography, geography, anthropology and archeology.

Slide photograph of 16th Century Staple Inn at Holborn forming part of the HEIR database