The Department of Arts, Culture and History migrated to a new website more than a year ago, but Archives and History and the VRR are still on the old site. What we believe is happening is a conflict between http: (old site) and https: (new site) and browsers implementing more "security" measures that impact access to http: sites.

The following is shared with the caveat that future browser updates may make these efforts useless.

You may need to check your browser settings to see that they allow http:// files instead of only https:// files. We also have had folks indicate that Chrome and Firefox just wouldn't open the images for them but Edge and Brave would on Windows computers. But if you are on an Apple device, try Firefox or Safari instead of Chrome, according to a few folks. See if these will work for you. Bing or Safari may also work for you.

This is for Windows computers using the latest version of Edge which is now blocking insecure sites. The trick is to turn on Edge's Legacy IE Mode for the wvculture site.

1) Open Edge and click on the 3 dots, top right
2) Click on Settings near the bottom
3) Click on Appearance and scroll down to "Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) Button" and turn it on if it isn't already. A little IE Mode icon should appear top right close to the three dots. You should not have to do these three steps again.
4) Now go to wvculture --
5) Click on that little IE Mode icon and a pop-up will appear. Just turn on the option above Done and click Done.
6) Do your search like usual. Now watch closely. When you click on the image link a brief "Pop Up Blocked" may appear in the URL line at the right hand side. Hovering over the icon should say "Pop-ups were blocked on this page."
7) Click on that icon and change to "Always Allow", then Done. The Always Allow doesn't always seem to be remembered so you just click on it again when it pops up.
8) Click on the image link and it should appear.
9) Any further searches should work like they used to while still on the site.

For those using Brave as your browser:

Brave browser:

1. Go to the page / URL and click on the lock to the left of the URL.
2. Go to "Site settings"
3. Change the "insecure content" option to "Allow"

For IPad users running Safari:

IPads running Safari browser can open the files. Not only that, when they copy the link to the file and share it, I can open it in Chrome.

For Internet Explorer:

I finally hit the open this page in Internet Explorer mode button and chose Open this page in Internet Explorer mode next time and it worked. The icon was near the 3 dots.

Google Chrome: What each security symbol means

These symbols say how safe it is to visit and use a site. They tell you if a site has a security certificate, if Chrome trusts that certificate, and if Chrome has a private connection with a site.

Info or Not secure
Not secure or Dangerous
Choose which sites can show insecure content

1. On your computer, open Chrome .
2. At the top right, click More Settings.
3. Click Privacy and security Site Settings.
4. Click Additional content settings Insecure content.
5. Next to "Not allowed to show insecure content," click Add.
6. Enter the site's URL.

1. To change an added site's specific default settings: Next to the URL, click More .
Click either Allow, Edit, or Remove