Tales from the HEIR Project

Speaker: Dr Janice Kinory

Tue, 3 May 2022

About the lecture:

HEIR is part of the Institute of Archaeology Archive at the University of Oxford.

This project unlocks the research potential of historic lantern-slide and glass plate photographs. Bringing together scholars, software developers and a worldwide 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.

It has been digitising images taken from largely forgotten, technologically obsolete resources warehoused in various parts of the university since 2013. Its image collection has expanded to nearly 35,000 pictures from multiple university departments, libraries and colleges.

Dr Kinory’s lecture will provide the history of the project, stories about unexpected research findings from some of the antique images in the collection, and a brief tutorial on how to use HEIR.

Our lecturer: Dr Janice Kinory

Janice Kinory was born and raised in the USA. She has lived in the UK since 1999. Janice earned her DPhil in Archaeology at Oxford in 2011 and now works as an independent archaeologist. She has been a research associate at the HEIR Project, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford since 2014.