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HEIR – the Historic Environment Image Resource

This project unlocks the research potential of historic lantern-slide and glass plate photographs. Bringing together scholars, software developers and a world-wide community of ‘citizen scientists’, this digitizing and crowd-sourcing initiative aims to keyword and identify old photos of monuments, landscapes and environments taken across the world and to re-photograph their modern settings.

The project creates a world-wide accessible, interdisciplinary research resource which will provide a greater understanding of all aspects of society and the environment in disciplines as varied as anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, geography, geology, heritage conservation, history, politics, and tourism.

At LiveFriday visitors got the opportunity to not only hear about the project but to be taken on a visual adventure thanks to Drs Sally Crawford and Katharina Ulmschneider, who wove narrative and images together in a beguiling tale of the early days of international travel.  There was also an evening long tag-a-thon that encouraged members of the public to tag historical photos with keywords - all part of the project's citizen science approach.

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We are grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for their support through the University of Oxford’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

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