As we approach the first anniversary of the History of Art Department’s and Visual Resources Centre’s blog and the beginning of a new academic year, we thought we would use this post as an opportunity to reflect back on the past twelve months. It seemed appropriate to do this through a medium that is very familiar to us – images!
October 2014: We welcomed 13 new undergraduate & 32 new graduate students and looked forward to the academic year ahead of us.
November 2014: As Dina Akhmadeeva (MSt History of Art and Visual Culture, 2014) wrote our inaugural blog highlighting the Visual Resources Centre’s lantern slide collection, some of these jewels appeared in an Ashmolean exhibition as part of the Institute of Archaeology’s HEIR project and the Being Human Festival.
December 2014: The Christmas parties came thick and fast as Dr Mirjam Brusius alerted us to the 175th anniversary of Photography and the Bodleian’s acquisition of the Fox Talbot Archive.
January 2015: Professor Antony Griffiths, Slade Professor 2014-15, treated us to the first of a series of eight lectures based on the theme of ‘The Print Before Photography’.
February 2015: Alice Purkiss (MSt History of Art and Visual Culture, 2012) presented – and then blogged about – her work at the Charleston Trust at the History of Art Department’s Careers Seminar.
March 2015: Dr Matthew Walker (picking up on the theme of this year’s Slade Lectures) blogged about ‘The Building before Photography’ and reflected on prints as ‘evidence’ and as artefacts in their own right.
April 2015: Professor Craig Clunas was key-note speaker at this year’s AAH (Association of Art Historians) Annual Conference, at which Dina Akhmadeeva was also presented with the AAH’s prize for best Dissertation.
May 2015: Dr Mirjam Brusius convened the Centre for Visual Studies Image and Object workshop on the theme of data and Dr Julia Langbein (Junior Research Fellow in Art History, Trinity College, Oxford), went on to compose a blog for us on the same theme.
June 2015: We bid a fond farewell to our BA finalists as they completed their undergraduate studies.
July 2015: While Henry Tudor-Pole told us about a medieval crosier-head in the Ashmolean, we welcomed a group of UNIQ Summer School students, as well as some more prospective art historians at the Department’s Open Day.
August 2015: We welcomed Dr Tom Stammers (Deakin Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, 2014-15) into the VRC’s archives as he reflected (in a guest blog) on Professor Francis Haskell’s contribution to the discipline of art history whilst the professor of the same at Oxford.
And finally, September 2015: We celebrated the 60th anniversary of the appointment of the first professor of the history of art at Oxford.