Thank you for your e-mail
| We get a
great number of requests from students asking if they can use images from
our web site. We will allow them to use images if the images are
our copyright. We work on the assumption that once an image is on the web
we will have limited control so tend to think carefully before we put out
any on to start with, rather than try to control use after the event.
| Some of our
early work included images which were someone else's copyright - we had
permission and are very careful to tell students that if they wish to use
those particular images they must contact the copyright holders because
we can't give permission.
| My basic
advice is always to consider the Web as the same as any other publishing
medium. Just because it is on screen does not mean that an image can be
used for any purpose by anyone who fancies it. International copyright
laws still pertain and permission must always be sought. Equally, none
should scan printed material, drawings or photographs onto the Web without
| Our website
is used for educational purposes and we are aware that some schools use
it as a quarry for their own projects. We don't mind - as long as permission
has been sought and acknowledgment is given. This, sadly, doesn't always
happen, though it tends to be commercial firms who are the worst offenders,
| I am very
happy for you to have a link to our website but the outside of our building
is remarkably boring! May I suggest that you use one of the images from
our Object of the Month series instead.
With best wishes for another successful project.
Director of Archaeological Museums