Major Collections

Picture Oxon features the work of several major local photographers, spanning both 19th and 20th centuries.

Henry Taunt

About 1860—1922

14,000 images

Henry W Taunt operated in Oxford, Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley

Two early Daimler motor buses at the junction of Southfield Road, Oxford, 1909-1919

Frank and Basil Packer

About 1910—1970s

55,000 images

Father and son Frank and Basil operated primarily in the west of Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds

Three elephants and a horse and pony outside a Big Top with two men and a boy

J.W. Thomas


100,000 images

J.W. ‘Tommy’ Thomas was a commercial photographer who worked in Oxford from 1946 until his death in 1999

View of a new Corpus Christi College building under construction, on Magpie Lane, Oxford, 1969

Percy Elford

Largely 1903—1914

3,000 images

Director of Education, Percy Elford, photographed Oxfordshire schools

Headington Quarry School, Oxford, 1906