Sans Dust- Flickr and Instagram as Archives

Rachel Taylor is is a past member of Landscape Surgery, she completed the MA Cultural Geography last year, and is now working for the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). In this post, she reflects on one of the methodologies she used for her Masters dissertation, online image archives.

Turbulent London

Rachel Taylor graduated from Royal Holloway’s research-based MA Cultural Geography last year. She is currently working for the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). Her research interests include public engagement with academia, museums, identity politics and how we understand human remains. Here she reflects on online archives, particularly photographic ones, as a research method. The internet is not one of the first things that springs to mind when you think of archives, but it is a valuable resource for academics if we only made use of it. Follow Rachel on Twitter: @mereplacenames


A photo of the British Museum available on Flickr (Source: Alex Roach) A photo of the British Museum available on Flickr. Rachel Taylor used websites such as Flickr and Instagram to analyse visitor behaviour in museums in the research for her Masters dissertation (Source: Alex Loach).

In an age where the most popular ‘camera’ used by Flickr uploaders is the iPhone 4S, it’s time to reconsider photography, contemporary archival methods and…

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