Image resources and copyright information.

Image resources

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General image resources

Copyright-cleared image resources

The university subscribes to online image databases that contain collections of images that are copyright-cleared for educational use, including use in teaching and learning materials:

  • V & A image database
    Contains 56,000 works and over 86,000 images from the V&A collections. The database covers a wide range of objects, including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles. The images can be used for personal use and educational purposes in print or on the web.

Other general image resources

  • BUFVC (British Universities Film and Video Council): Moving Image Gateway
    The Moving Image Gateway (MIG) is a new service that collects together websites that relate to moving images and sound and their use in higher and further education. The sites are classified by academic discipline, some forty subjects from Agriculture to Women's Studies, collected within the four main categories of Arts & Humanities, Bio-Medical, Social Sciences and Science & Technology.
  • Creative Commons Search
    Convenient access to search services provided by other independent organisations, including Flickr, Fotopedia, Google Images, and more.
  • Freefoto
    One of the largest collections of free photographs for non-commercial use on the Internet.
  • Smithsonian Open Access
    Access more than three million 2D and 3D digital items from across the Smithsonian's 19 museums, nine research centres, libraries, archives and the US National Zoo. Resources can be downloaded, shared and reused under Creative Commons licences. 

Architectural image resources

  • The Great Buildings Collection
    The leading architecture reference site on the web.  This gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more.
  • Historic England
    Photographs, plans and drawings covering the historic environment of England.

Art history resources

A selection of resources that specialise in art and design images from a historical perspective.

  • AICT - Art Images for College Teaching
    The AICT site is maintained by the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD). A free use educational resource it covers Art history images through five periods: Ancient, Medieval Era, Renaissance  & Baroque, 18th  - 20th century  and non Western. It does not have a keyword search option.
  • Art Resource
    An art stock photo archive which contains over 100,000 keyword-searchable fine art images.
  • VADS (Visual Arts Data Service)
    Searchable database of art and design images from major archival resources. Requires personal registration. A searchable collection of 23 image banks which includes Fashion, Design and textiles.

Contemporary art images

Fine Art

These are useful Internet sites relating to fine art and contemporary artists and include images of the artworks.

Video Art

Healthcare and medicine image resources

  • AnatomyTV
    Interactive 3D anatomy resource. Each anatomical structure is presented in fine detail, and includes surface anatomy, cutaneous distribution, and nerves and arteries.
  • BUFVC (British Universities Film and Video Council): Moving Image Gateway: Biomedical
    The Moving Image Gateway (MIG) is a service that collects together websites that relate to moving images and sound.
  • Eskeletons project
    The e-Skeletons Project website created at the University of Texas at Austin enables you to view the bones of a human, gorilla, and baboon and gather information about them from an osteology database.
  • Images from the History of Medicine
    Provides access to nearly 60,000 images in the prints and photograph collection of the History of Medicine Division of the US National Library of Medicine.
    This commercial site contains a set of a few hundred anatomical images, with popup labels and linked descriptions. Unfortunately, it also uses popup advertising.
  • Online Exploration of the Heart
    This site offers several sections with activities, video and audio files, images and links to useful sites.
  • The Whole Brain
    This site offers images of the undiseased brain and of the diseased brain. It gives explanations of the images as well as guided tours and clickable images.

Natural history images

  • Natural History Museum: Darwin Centre Archive (YouTube)
    Darwin Centre Live consists of live webcasts and an archive of over 100 Darwin Centre live events that have been recorded and are available for free online viewing as streamed videos. Collection includes Images of Nature, Parasites, DNA and Genetics, Under the Microscope and more.

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