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Links are in alphabetical order . Please note that some of these sites are non-academic and may contain banner advertising. 

A full list of acronyms which occur in the H.E. and Art, Design and Media and Communications Sector.

A non profit-making association of many (mostly US) institutions with collections of art. An institutional subscription is required to access it.    
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Art & Architecture Thesaurus On Line

Sponsored by the Getty Institute's Library the ATT indexes the Getty's extensive holdings through the use of a structured vocabulary containing around 125,000 terms and other information about concepts. Terms in AAT may be used to describe art, architecture, decorative arts, material culture, and archival materials. The coverage of the AAT ranges from Antiquity to the present, and the scope is global.

Art & Archaeology Technical Abstracts Art and Archaeology

Technical Abstracts is a comprehensive database of more than 100,000 abstracts related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage, and is provided by the Getty Conservation Institute. An institutional subscription is required to access it.

Artcyclopedia A Fine Art Search Engine
A remarkable comprehensive index of numerous artists represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and other online resources.

ArtLex - A dictionary of Visual Art

This site provides definitions for more than 2,600 terms, along with numerous illustrations, pronunciation notes, quotations, and links to other resources on the Web.


Artguide - UK Galleries & Museums Guide
A useful site that provides comprehensive information about the location, special collections, opening hours, admission prices etc

Art History resources on the web Maintained by an American Art History Professor, Chris Witcombe
Good starting point for links to art history. Coverage Western and non Western art history, up to 21st century, though stronger on the earlier periods.

AAH - Association of Art Historians
AAH was formed in the UK in 1974 to promote the study of art history. It represents the interests of art and design historians in all aspects of the discipline, including art, design, architecture, photography, film and other media, cultural studies, conservation and museum studies.

DHS - Design History Society
The DHS works to consolidate design history as a distinct field of study through its journal, newsletter, annual conference and other events. It seeks to encourage the development of a strong design history community within which awareness of new research can be heightened.

DRS - Design Research Society
The DRS was founded in 1967 and is a multi-disciplinary international learned society for the design research community. The Society supports many kinds of activities that promote research and disseminates research findings. Among these activities are digital discussion forums, major research conferences with published proceedings, journals, and a monthly emailed newsletter of research activities. It has facilitated a design research network in 35 countries comprising of members who maintain contact through the publications and activities of the society. The DRS publishes a free electronic newsletter and the international journal 'Design Studies'.

GLAADH - GLobalising Art, Architecture and Design History

The outcome of a FDTL project that "Seeks to encourage and embed cultural diversity in the art, architecture and design history curriculum in the UK."

Mother of all art and art history links pages

Hosted by the University of Michigan, linking art history on the web.

The Textiles Collection

The collection is a research, learning and teaching resource based at University for the Creative Arts. It contains 3,000 artefacts ranging from Coptic textiles dating from 800-1,000 AD through to Scandanavian furnishing fabrics from 1950 to 1990.

Timeline of Art History

A useful website hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and based on its own collection of Worldwide arts resources which represents a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art.

VADS (the Visual Arts Data Service)
VADS is the online resource for visual arts and is based at is based at the Farnham Campus of the University College for the Creative Arts. It has provided services to the academic community for 12 years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.

World Wide Web Virtual Library:
Art History
Good academic coverage of a large variety of sites sponsored by CHArt, the Computers and History of Art Group.