Paul Oliver Vernacular Architecture Library Images

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. For information about POVAL please visit or email For information on the POVAL books and archives please click here. If you would like to use any of the images for a commercial use or publication please contact

The research and teaching potential of this online collection of digital images would be greatly enhanced by the addition of 'tags' that describe the contents of each image. If you are interested in helping to 'tag' the images please email

Please note that POVALi has been launched so that the images are available to the research community, but that the technical platform is still under development.

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