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Image Gallery

The Image Gallery is designed to showcase the range of digital images generated either as by-products or as outputs of research projects in the arts and humanities.

Austria - Vienna

Vienna. XXth International Conference of the Red Cross. Vote during the last plenary session. From 27 September to 9 October 1965.

1965-10 © Fédération / SCHIKOLA, Gustav

South Africa

The Boer War 1899-1902. Group Portrait.

© ICRC archives (ARR)

Spain - Barcelona

Spanish civil war, 1936-1939. Barcelona. People queuing in front of the delegation to fill in requests.

© ICRC

Spain - Madrid

Spanish civil war, 1936-1939. Madrid. The Red Cross Central Hospital.

1937 © CR Espagne

Nigeria - Udo

Biafra conflict. Udo, Swedish Red Cross distribution center. Before a food distribution.

© ICRC / VATERLAUS, Max

Afghanistan - Khyber Pass

Khyber Pass. Convoy of the ICRC from Peshawar to Jalalabad. Convoy of 22 trucks carrying 14 tons of flour each.

1994-05-19 © ICRC / GASSMANN, Thierry

Somalia - Mogadishu

Mogadishu. Internally displaced persons receive food from the ICRC in a joint operation with the Somali Red Crescent.

ICRC website, Operational Update, 31/08/2012

Somalis have continued to suffer the consequences of major food insecurity and conflict over the first half of 2012. Despite the difficult situation, the ICRC has delivered food to 1.4 million people in the country since the beginning of the year.

2012-07 © ICRC / WARSAME, Omar B.

Somalia - Bossasso prison

Bossasso prison. An ICRC delegate is conducting an interview without witness with a detainee.

These interviews allow the ICRC to assess the detention conditions. The ICRC has visited places of detention in Somalia since 2012.

2014-11-05 © ICRC / YAZDI, Pedram

Translating the 'Zibaldone'

One of the most famous works in Italian Literature has finally been translated into English thanks to AHRC funding.

What's in a surname?

A major research project is on course to create the largest, most detailed and most accurate database of the UK's family surnames.

Mass Rocks

Most people associate them with the Penal Laws. Some don’t notice them at all. But an AHRC-funded project has shown that Catholic Mass Rocks are an important emblem of Irish Catholic history.

Portraits from the Past

Lead Archaeologist Dr. Rick Knecht holds a carved wooden doll, freshly unearthed from Nunalleq. Dolls are commonly found at Nunalleq, and were used by the pre-contact Yup’ik in ceremony and religion but were also sometimes made as children’s toys. The range of expressions, and abstract and realistic representations of human faces found on dolls from Nunalleq, likely attest to both the different carvers and variable functions of these objects.

© This image is credited to Sven Haakanson, and is made available under Creative Commons BY

Faces from the Past

A Yup’ik boy contemplates anthropomorphic masks excavated from Nunalleq. Masks like these would have been worn during ceremonies, having a spiritual as well as artistic significance for the Yup’ik. Conversations over the artefacts engage young and old, and are an important new venue for trans-generational learning about traditional life-ways and knowledge. 

© This image is credited to Charlotta Hillerdal, and will be made available under Creative Commons BY 

Facing the Future

Yup’ik Elder and carver John Smith, holds a fragment of a wooden mask from Nunalleq to his face. Since the residents of Quinhagak and village corporation Qanirtuuq Inc. invited archaeologists to the village to investigate the Nunalleq site, archaeology has become part of village life and is paving new ways of accessing Yup’ik cultural heritage. With so little previous archaeological work in this area, this is the first time that the Yup’ik people have encountered the tangible remains of their pre-contact past on this scale.

© This image is credited to Sven Haakanson, and is made available under Creative Commons BY

Status and Social Networks

A set of amber beads lying in situ at the site. Amber is not a common find at Nunalleq, and would have been a rare and highly prestigious material in this part of the world. The closest known amber sources are Chirikof Island southwest of Kodiak or Unalaska. This find is not only significant in its rarity and beauty, but because it also demonstrates the long-distance trade and contact networks that operated in pre-contact coastal Alaska.

© This image is credited to Rick Knecht, and is made available under Creative Commons BY

Sherlock Holmes Fan Art

Fan art includes many mediums, including comics, illustrations, and fan art based on film and television adaptations. This piece is '221 Tea' by Jackie Goodrum (2016) based on the set of BBC Sherlock

The Science of the Past

Archaeologist and North-West Pacific specialist Dr. Madonna Moss, analyses fish bones from Nunalleq with children from Quinhagak. The central goal of our project is not only to investigate and understand the effects of past climatic change on pre-contact ecosystems, but to also use this data to inform and empower the present.

© This image is credited to Renee Ronzone, and is made available under Creative Commons BY

The Story 3

Vivian de De Sola Pinto  1895-1969. Pinto was Professor of English at the University of Nottingham, 1938-1961. He  also had an interest in languages and other cultures, including Russian. He volunteered for war service. Nothing is certain, but he appears to have been involved in secret and/or diplomatic missions, during which he acquired, or he may have been presented with, his collection of Windows and printed posters. On his death in 1969 Pinto left his collection to the University of Nottingham  along with his library. The Windows were folded and becoming fragile, and their true significance as war art was only gradually realised. 

The Story 4

TASS Window 1211, 'We'll destroy the hydra!', 5 May 1945. Created on the brink of victory, the image shows the destruction of the enemy in the form of a mythical monster, the many-headed hydra. This window formed the poster for the 2008-09 exhibition at the University of Nottingham. It was a turning point for the war posters collection. The Windows were too large and fragile to be publicly shown, so the items which were to be exhibited were conserved and digitised. This decision made the  development of the current, new website possible. Currently 47 posters and prints from a total of 166 are now digitally available

Conservation 2

Specialist repairs have to be done, including the infilling of holes, and replacing glue where the original squares have worked loose. The large size of the posters (some are 2 m x 1.5 m) makes display difficult, and any  handling has to be kept to a minimum to avoid further damage

Digitisation

Image showing photographer at work. Before the digitisation process can begin, a Window has to be photographed, no easy matter with fragile artefacts of this size. Then work is undertaken on a computer to produce the required digitisation. Virtual repairs to the posters can take place at this stage. However, after much discussion it was agreed that the digitisation should reflect the actual present state of the posters, rather than enhance their colours or condition.

Team Work

TASS WINDOW 903, 'Two Faces', 12 February 1944. This project depended on a skilled, interdisciplinary team of web technologists, a conservator, a photographer/ digitiser, archivists, and academic researchers. Sometimes, different members were at odds over strategy towards these marvellous artefacts. However, consensus was always eventually reached. This Window captured Russian feelings towards Finland. Striving to become independent of USSR, Finland joined with the Germans, showing them a conciliatory lamb-like face, and baring her teeth towards Russia.

The team liked the implied humour and  the loggerheaded state in this poster. The image became an ironic metaphor for the immense collaborative work towards this first stage of the windowsonwar resource, launched in March 2013.   Discussion, conservation, digitisation and research go on.....

© University of Nottingham

Sherlock Holmes Postcards

These postcards were produced in October 1903 by The Strand Magazine as part of the release of The Return of Sherlock Holmes. They feature Sidney Paget illustrations for the Sherlock Holmes stories ‘The Final Problem’, The Hound of the Baskervilles, ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’ and ‘The Adventure of the Norwood Builder’.

Baker Street Post-box Insert

This insert from Baker Street's postbox gives the time of the postal collections. Souvenirs like this one are popular amongst fans and collectors for their link to Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes lived.

Sherlock Holmes Statue Book

The Sherlock Holmes statue outside Baker Street Station in London was erected thanks to the efforts of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London. They set up an independent project to fund and build the statue in 1999. The statue was designed and made by John Doubleday, a leading British sculptor.

Baker Street Studies

This first edition of Baker Street Studies was published in 1934. It contains essays written by members of the early Sherlock Holmes Society and edited by H W Bell. This copy is inscribed to the president of the society, Dick Sheppard, and signed by the secretary A G Macdonnel.

Bust of Jeremy Brett

This fibreglass sculpture is painted to resemble bronze. The sculpture is most likely of Brett, but the resemblance to Benedict Cumberbatch is uncanny. The artist is unknown.

Sherlock Holmes in Advertising

The image of Sherlock Holmes is recognised worldwide. Since the 1900s advertisers have used Sherlock Holmes to sell products ranging from Velox car tyres to Burberry clothing.

Bust of Napoleon

This white marble bust of Napoleon was used in Richard Lancelyn Green's re-creation of 221B Baker Street. It is a reference to ‘The Adventure of the Six Napoleons’ where Sherlock Holmes pursues a criminal intent on stealing and smashing open busts of Napoleon Bonaparte, the French military leader.

Souvenir of the Reichenbach Falls

This wooden box is from the Reichenbach Falls in Meiringen, Switzerland where Holmes fought Moriarty in ‘The Final Problem’ and was thought to have died. The box contains two phials: one filled with water and one with earth collected from the Reichenbach Falls.

Persian Slipper

Persian slippers are often collected by Holmes fans, especially when they re-create Holmes’ rooms for their own 221B Baker Street. This is because in The Musgrave Ritual Watson says Holmes ‘keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, [and] his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper’.

'The Blue Carbuncle' Fan Art

The stories of Sherlock Holmes continue to inspire creative artworks. This is a fan illustration of 'The Blue Carbuncle' by Kayla Kinoo (2015).

Changing the Story

A University of Leeds-led project to help young people whose lives have been affected by conflict will showcase how the arts and humanities can help those in need.