The History of Art Department’s Visual Resources Centre has two roles: firstly, to support all staff and students in the provision and creation of digital images for teaching, learning and research; and secondly, to promote, preserve and provide access to the Department's analogue image collections.
The Centre promotes and provides training in sourcing digital images from University subscription and open web resources, as well as using presentation software, and image manipulation. The VRC also offers a scanning station (flatbed and film scanners), access to a digital camera and copystand (as well as training in the use of said equipment). Additionally the Visual Resources Centre staff record lectures of all departmental core courses which are hosted on WebLearn.
The Visual Resources Centre contains several photographic collections which may be accessed by all students, staff and Academic Visitors for study and research. These collections include 90,000 35mm slides, 65,000 19th- and early 20th-century glass lantern slides and a large photo archive; all of this material covers art and architecture from classic antiquity to the 20th-century. The Centre also holds other small collections of photograph albums, postcards and photographic prints.
Images from all of these collections may be digitised for academic purposes on a demand basis. The collections can be accessed by first making an appointment with the Visual Resources Centre staff.