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Image Ordering and Reproduction Licences

The Museum of History of Science can provide pre-existing images of items in the Museum’s collections and reproduction licences for their use in publications. It can also produce bespoke photography of the collections when requested. The Museum is a research and teaching department of the University of Oxford. It is not a picture library and cannot normally supply images at very short notice.

Before proceeding with any photographic requests and/or reproduction licence applications please ensure that you have read our Terms and Conditions of Use.


Cost of reproduction licence

The pricing structure for reproduction licences is outlined online or can be downloaded as a PDF.


Cost of supplying images

An additional cost to supply images is not charged. All images are supplied in digital format, either as TIFF or JPEG files.

Lower quality images can be taken from the objects catalogue entry page for personal use, private study, academic thesis and student essays which are not being published, and free educational lectures or classes. The images displayed in the online collection are usually both highly compressed and auto-adjusted for levels on an undifferentiated basis, so the resulting quality as viewed on screen may not reflect the original.


Cost of bespoke photography

The production of new photography is charged at £100 per object.



To order existing images and reproduction licences from the Museum please download and fill in the Application for Images and Reproduction Licences form and send it to

For enquiries about the service, the ordering process, or requests for bespoke photography, please contact directly.



Orders can be paid for via the University’s online shop. The appropriate link for payment will be provide with the quote.



From April 2016 until the beginning of 2018, the Museum will be packing its off-site collections in preparation for a move to a new location. The move will help us to provide better online descriptions with higher quality images, and improved storage conditions.

Due to this major project, we regret that parts of our collections will be unavailable for research, loans and new photography for image orders into 2018. Please contact the Collections Manager at or 01865 277452 if you require further information.