School of Architecture


    Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library Images (POVALi) comprises over 20,000 images taken by Professor Paul Oliver MBE over a period of more than 50 years. POVALi forms part of the Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library (POVAL) which also includes books, stamps, sound recordings, and correspondence. From 2012 onwards, with the financial support of Professor Paul Oliver and the School of Architecture, the 35mm slides in the collection have all been catalogued and digitised by volunteer students, under the direction of Dr Marcel Vellinga. In 2018, the cataloguing and digitisation of the remaining 10,000 photographs has started.

    The images are available, open access, for teaching and research purposes at

    For further details please contact Dr Marcel Vellinga at or visit the POVALi web page.