Oxford University Images

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Oxford University Images

OUImages, the online digital media library of the University of Oxford, brings together every element of Oxford's visual identity into a single, easily accessible database.

Within some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, Oxford's colleges, museums and libraries house some of the finest, and most diverse, art collections and historical artifacts, and its departments hold unique imagery relevant to their research.

These combined with Oxford's traditions, events, student life and academic activities, form the basis of the extensive photographic and video content of Oxford University Images.

University of Oxford

Oxford is a unique and historic institution. As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, it can lay claim to nine centuries of continuous existence. The University encompasses numerous departments, faculties, libraries and museums, including the Ashmolean Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Bodleian Library, the Museum of the History of Science and University Museum of Natural History, as well as the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum. It comprises 44 independent colleges and halls, which are related to the central University in a federal system, and houses more than 22,000 students from 140 countries and territories. Oxford is a world leader in teaching and research.

City of Oxford

The city of Oxford has a rich and varied history, dating back to the Saxon period, when Alfred the Great created it as part of a network of fortified towns across England during the 9th century. Its strategically significant location gained Oxford national importance, and at the time of the Norman Conquest, it was the 6th largest town in England. As well as being home to the UK's first university, Oxford was known as a manufacturing town as far back as the 12th and 13th centuries. It grew industrially during the 19th century, and boomed in the early 20th century with major printing and car manufacturing industries.