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Local History for Continuing Education: Finding images

A guide to finding information on Local History resources in the Rewley House Continuing Education Library

Country Life Picture Library

Images from the photo-archive of Country Life magazine which may be of use to local history students.  These include country houses, gardens, landscapes and countryside. 

Historic England Archive

Historic England holds a vast range of photographs, plans and drawings in their public archive. 

See https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/

Finding images

You may wish to find images, both for your own study and to illustrate assignments. It is easy to find free images on the internet using tools such as Flickr and Google Image search. However, when using tools such as these, you need to be aware of both quality and copyright issues.

The boxes on the right will help you to explore these issues in more depth.

If you use image databases purchased by Oxford University, you will be assured of a higher quality product, and images on these databases are copyright cleared for educational use. 

If you wish to use image databases at home, you will need to use your Single Sign On (available to all students with a full University card)

Remember that images need to be cited, just as other material you refer to in your assignments.

Copyright at Oxford

The Bodleian Libraries' Quick guide to copyright and digital sources.