Being Human Festival Part 1: Lantern slide display at the Ashmolean

Last week we were able to show off some of the beautiful lantern slide images digitized by the HEIR project. The ‘Being Human: Festival of the Humanities‘ was running all week, and as part of the celebrations we wanted to allow the public to see a sample of our Victorian and Edwardian photographs, featuring images from collections at the Institute of Archaeology, Harris Manchester College, and the Department for the History of Art.

We particularly wanted to be able to project these evocative photographs onto as large a space as possible, so that they would have maximum impact. We wanted the people in the pictures to be near life-sized, so that modern viewers could really have the sense of being part of the picture: part of the past in the present.

The Ashmolean Museum provided a wonderful space for us in the atrium. Setting up was simple, with the help of Lucie from the Ashmolean Public Engagement team:

setting up 1

Checking the images:

setting up 2

Putting up our information board with QR code link to the image catalogue on our blog:

info board ashmus

We had good feedback from the display: thanks to everyone who let us know how much they enjoyed the image sequence.


About Archaeology Archives Administrator

Researchers in the archives of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. Home of the Historic Environment Image Resource. Passionate about old photographs and fresh biscuits.
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