In tandem with imaging services, the VRR allows researchers who cannot travel to Eton to examine collection items remotely. Using a book visualiser, Collections staff share a live feed with the researcher via video chat, responding to instructions in real time. A recording of the session is then made available for a limited period of time.
To arrange an appointment, please contact us, giving a short rationale for your virtual visit. Bookings are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for a maximum of one hour. We may not be able to accept more than one appointment per day, so please send your application in advance of your desired date.
Frequently asked questions
Who can use the VRR?
Anyone with a genuine research interest is welcome to request an appointment.
How long do sessions last? Can I book more than one?
Sessions last up to one hour. Appointments are limited, and researchers are asked to book no more than one per week.
Who will conduct the session?
A member of the Collections staff will host the session. Whenever possible, the host of your session will be a specialist in the items in question.
How do I book a session?
What kind of materials can I view?
The VRR is ideal for supporting research into our books, manuscripts and archival papers. Very large or fragile items may not be suitable for this facility.
Can I record the session, or take screenshots?
The session will be recorded by the host, and the recording made available to stream (not to download) for one month after the session. You are welcome to take screenshots during the session.
What kind of image quality should I expect?
By using a book visualiser, we are able to generate a clear image, but for the capture of very fine details an image request may be more appropriate. Our visualiser is able to convey printed and manuscript text, even pencil annotations, clearly, but cannot capture subtle details such as chain lines or watermarks.