This PDF document is a final report on a AHRC/BBC knowledge exchange project which uses the 1983-84 Miners’ Strike as a pilot to investigate the possibilities of the BBC’s extensive archives. The study used national and regional news bulletins to explore the BBC’s coverage of the strike, and was centred around the responses and memories of local communities, Miners, Policemen and others involved in the strike. The project collected these memories and responses to the archive material as a way of contextualising the output as well as for exploring the ways in which the BBC’s content should and might be used more widely in the future. The report includes many (edited) responses and comments of those involved, as well as a description of the study’s methods, findings and conclusions. This project would be of interest obviously to those studying this period of British history, but also as a test case of utilising new technologies to make media archives more widely available.
The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives is a subsite of the Center for History of Physics, which in turn is administered by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). This subsite is devoted to the photograph and image archive of the Center's Niels Bohr Library. This archive contains some 30,000 historical images. Of these, thousands are available online, and can be browsed casually or searched according to mini exhibitions devoted to well known scientists, including: Niels Bohr ; Ludwig Boltzmann ; Marie Curie ; Paul Dirac ; Arthur Eddington ; Albert Einstein ; Michael Faraday ; Enrico Fermi ; Richard Feynman ; Galileo ; Werner Heisenberg ; Maria Goeppert Mayer ; Isaac Newton ; Max Planck ; Andrei Sakharov ; Erwin Schrödinger ; Emilio Segrè ; and Joseph John Thomson. There is also information on how to submit and order photographs and images. Copyright and permissions information is posted. The site is easy to navigate and would be of use to teachers, students and researchers.
The Association of Curators of Art and Design Images (ACADI) is a group that "promotes the status of visual resources curators and aims to highlight the importance of image collections within education". The organisation aims to establish standards for managing visual resource collections within art and design education, and to promote training within this field. The website is a blog which also contains a list of members of the organisation, and information about the organisation. A suppliers page provides information on selected image suppliers; a tools page includes links to related websites; and an organisations page provides details about relevant organisations, and image collections.
The Atlas Gallery promotes the work of pioneering Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century photographers and contemporary fine art photographic images. Users can access the gallery's photographs online and find brief explanations of each collection. The collections include interesting historical images such as: Edward Curtis' famous photographs of North American native indians; images from China and its peoples by John Thompson; early photographs of Tibet; maritime photography by Alan Villers; the earliest expeditions of Everest to the successful ascent in 1953; and renowned images by Frank Hurley of Shakleton's Expedition to the Antartic. The site also contains information and images from current exhibitions. Presently, the collection being exhibited is 'Full Moon' (Michael Light's selection from NASA's library of over 32,000 pictures from the Apollo and Gemini missions).
This website describes the British Film Institute (BFI)’s national archive. Described as one of the “world's greatest collections of film and television” the archive’s focus (and majority of its holding) is on material of British origin or related to British actors and directors, but it includes items of international significance. The archive contains “50,000 fiction films, over 100,000 non-fiction titles and around 625,000 television programmes” ranging from silent newsreels to 3D film. The ‘Portrait of the Collection’ part of the site gives an overview of the collection, with sections such as ‘Television’; ‘Non-fiction’; and ‘Artists’ moving image’, and includes information on accessing the collection. The website also explains the history and work of the archive (which includes preservation and sharing of material with the public) as well as current major projects related to the celebrated Mitchell and Kenyon collection and work to restore Charlie Chaplin’s output.
The British Film Institute's "bfi National Library" website allows online access to the catalogue of one of the world's largest research collections of books on British (and international) cinema, film and television. As well as access to the library database there is information for visiting this reference collection, and useful bibiliographies and guides allowing insights for school and university students and teachers. The bfi is part of the National Grid for Learning. There is a set of "16+ Source Guides" intended for the media studies community but which would be of value for the English Advanced Level curriculum, especially for the study of film and TV related subjects. These provide a selective listing of the Library's collections in subjects that include: TV Science Fiction; Iranian Cinema; Auteurs; Gangsters; Reality TV; South Asian Film and Television; Strong Women; Black British Film and Television; Animation; 1960s British Cinema; James Bond; Marketing; Censorship; William Shakespeare; War Films; and Modern Noir. There is also a series of annotated bibliographies on particular topics, based on the Library's collections, that include: Annuals and Directories; Africa: Films and Television; Black Representation in cinema and television; Books about film; Alfred Hitchcock; Horror; Mexican and Chicano cinema; Shakespeare on the screen; Quentin Tarantino; Westerns; Women and film, television and the mass media; Fritz Lang; David Lynch; Free Cinema and Werner Herzog. These are primarily available to download in PDF and the memory size of each is provided.
This is the home page of the Photograph Database of the Bavarian State Library. The Database is a digitized portion of a larger collection held in the Library's Hoffmann and Timpe Photograph Archives, which contains some 1.2 million items. The Archives include ethnographic images, pictures from the Nazi period through to the post-war period in Germany, and a collection related to cultural, academic and public life in Munich from 1952 to 1988. This last collection features images related to music, literature, art, theatre and television. The digitized element of the Archive posts some 66,000 of these images directly online. Photographs are mainly connected to the Nazis' activities in the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich, the Second World War on the one hand, and to the immediate post-war period, notably the Nuremberg Trials, on the other.
The site explains how users can order photographs for purchase, which will be sent to them either via E-mail or on CD-ROM. Navigation is a little scattered, and users will have to hunt around the Library site to find all information pertaining to the Photograph Archive and its digitized section. Information on recent exhibitions, access, regulations and fees for use of the archive is also posted. The Database and Archive should prove useful for researchers working on 20th-century German history and scholars in the fields of German Studies and Holocaust Studies.
The excellent website of the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture provides information on the academic research centre and its museum. The Centre houses one of the UK's largest collections of books, prints, artefacts and ephemera, collected by Bill Douglas and Peter Jewell. These depict the history of the cinema illustrating the development of 'optical recreation' and popular entertainment from the late 18th century to the present day. The centre also encompasses what it calls the "pre-history" of cinema, boasting a copy of Athanasius Kircher's "Ars Magna Lucis et Ombrae" of 1671, the first book to illustrate the magic lantern. There is a teaching and learning section, a searchable database of the collections, and further information about the onsite museum. An excellent section on further reading recommends the best publications on cinema and related themes. The website hosts virtual exhibitions and provides information about forthcoming events. The Teaching and Learning section includes information on degree courses, research opportunities and resources for schools for Key Stages 1 to 3. Worksheets are provided and the Centre can be used as a part of science projects, and 19th- and 20th-century history. The Centre's EVE online catalogue and virtual exhibition space received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and is preserved at AHDS Performing Arts.
This is the "Oral history" section of the British Library Sound Archive website. It features a searchable online version of the oral history catalogue, which includes both audio and video resources. The collections accessible through this archive include the National Life Story Collection, BBC broadcasts and the Jewish life recordings, which include interviews with Holocaust survivors. The site features general information about oral history and how to use the collections. Further links with relevant information and recordings direct to the British Library Archival Sound Recordings project, where anyone within the higher education system in UK can access the digitised material. An oral history select bibliography is available for download in PDF format.
The British Pathe website is described as the world's first digital news archive, and offers a database of the entire 3500 hours of the British Pathe Film Archive, comprising nearly half a million records relating to film footage from newsreels and cinemagazines produced between 1896 and 1970. The site also includes sample colour pictorials, available in RealAudio format. The material covers topics including: British news; sport; nature; entertainment; British culture; and social history. There is an online search function which produces annotated lists of available files. Those wishing to get a general idea of the scope of the archive may find the Lucky Dip function (which previews twenty items selected at random from the collection) useful. Users of the site can preview items for free, license high resolution copies, or purchase still images.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) invite users to relive history through their radio and television archives. Some of these clips and broadcasts have rested quietly at the bottom of CBC's vaults for more than 60 years and are, for the first time, now accessible to the general public. The choice of clips covers Canadian and international news dealing with the main themes, events and trends of the Twentieth Century. Topics include: People, Conflict and War; Arts and Entertainment; Politics and Economy; Life and Society; Disasters and Tragedy; Science and Technology; and Sport. The archives are also indexed by time and within related links. The resources have been adapted for use by teachers in the form of educational materials. A virtual tour of the archives gives an appreciation of the scale of CBC's project and details the work of preservation and restoration in broadcasting. Users must have plug-ins in order to view film and listen to audio materials.
This detailed PDF document describes an AHRC-funded project at Tate, working in collaboration with the Department of Computing of Goldsmiths College, University of London, to create an open source application for “reSearching” online audio visual content. Using Tate’s extensive archive of digital video recordings – including artist talks, cultural theory lectures, symposia, music and performance events – the project is working to create a user-orientated tool to allow relevant fragments of the 500 hours of footage (rather than the present contiguous programmes) to be retrieved leading to wider use, and “novel juxtapositions” of material.
This website is the result of an AHRC-funded project to catalogue and digitise the archive of electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram. The collection includes key works such as ‘Pulse Persephone’ (1965), ‘Bird of Parallax’ (1972), ‘Rockets in Ursa Major’ (1962), ‘Broceliande’ (1969-70), and ‘The Innocents’ (1961) soundtrack. These are supplemented by recorded lectures and demonstrations, professional showreels (including commercial work), Oram’s own research documents, correspondence, press clippings, photographs and her early computer compositional software, including technical details and versions of Oramics, the pioneering audiovisual synthesis and composition system she designed. The detailed website describes and illustrates the components of the collection more fully, contextualising Oram’s life and work, although the project's continuing work means that (at the time of writing) there is no detailed catalogue, nor examples of her work online.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project examining the transformation of personal archives from physical objects (such as journals, photographs, letters) to digital media and the implications this has on libraries, research repositories and scholarship. The project team consists of people from the British Library (the lead partner), University College London and University of Bristol. The project runs from September 2007 until March 2009, with dissemination continuing until June 2009, and is led by Dr Jeremy Leighton John of the British Library. The website has full details of this wide-ranging project, the research team and partners. Details of publications by team members are available as a PDF document, and the project aims to place full-text papers on the website at a future date. The team has a weblog, going back to the start of the project. Information is also provided about the Digital Lives conference, which was held on 10th February 2009.
The Vickers Photographic Archive is part of the Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness, and provides insight into the workings of Vickers Shipyard, a British shipbuilding and engineering facility. The archive is searchable through the browse categories of: shipbuilding, armaments, engineering, and the shipyard. Images contain such information as a shipname, class, and image date. The website will prove a good starting point for students of local economic history and the history of technology. That said, the website does not provide any explanations or contextual information beyond the most basic archival information. There are also links to FAQs and a facility for ordering copies of the images. The website has its own search engine.
The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is based in the Manuscripts and Archives department at Yale University Library. It is a video archive of more than 4,300 interviews with Holocaust survivors, telling of their experiences under Nazi occupation. The site provides a detailed background to the project and the activities of the archive, as well as information about the educational resources and publications available for use by teachers. In addition it is possible to view on the site video excerpts from the archive in Quicktime, or as audio files. These are accompanied by transcripts, and include testimonies from Jewish people, American witnesses, and Gypsy internees. Although it is not possible to view the rest of the archive footage on the site, it is possible to search the catalogue using Orbis, the online catalogue for Yale University Library.
This is the website of the Italian National Photographic Archive, part of the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione (Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation, ICCD). The archive contains documents related to the historical, artistic, archaeological, architectural, landscape and folkloristic heritage of Italy. Founded in 1892, the archive also offers a wide range of material on historical photography and the documentation of the most important aspects of contemporary Italian society and culture. The archive holds over 50,000 black and white images coming from various collections, and about 20,000 colour photographs. The interface is both in English and Italian, but the most useful way to access the collection, by searching for keyword among pictured objects and monuments, is available only by selecting "archivio" and then "schede oggetti" in the Italian version. Among the historical collections it is possible to find photographs by: Ludovico Tuminello; Giacomo Caneva; John Henry Parker; Francesco Chigi; Francesco Paolo Michetti; Luciano Morpurgo; and others.
The archive also contains images from the Casa Savoia collections, representing public and private events of the life of Umberto I's and Vittorio Emanuele III's families. There are numerous photographs of archaeological artefacts conserved in Italian museums and ancient architectural monuments. The archive publishes interactive CD-ROMs such as "archeologia a Roma tra il 1870 e 1930", which contains all photographic material on early archaeological excavations at Rome. CDs and high resolution photographs can be purchased through the online shop; all photographs are available for free at lower resolution and are accompanied by extensive captions in a tabular format.
Galleri NOR is an online photographic database of over 85,000 searchable images published by Norway's Nasjonalbiblioteket. It features work by four important figures in the history of Scandinavian photography: the Swedish photographic pioneer Axel Lindahl (1841-1906); Anders Beer Wilse (1865-1949) one of Norway's most influential photographers; the popular scientist and traveller Ørjan Olsen (1885-1972); and the folklorist and local historian Lyder Kvantoland (1893-1972). The collection includes a wide selection of images of people and places from the 19th and early 20th centuries, mainly from Scandinavia but also from Siberia in 1914. The material on each photographer includes a biographical summary and a bibliography listing titles of works by and about the photographer, a summary of contents and publication details. There are also informative entries on the three institutions holding the original photo archives on which the Galleri NOR is based: Nasjonalbiblioteket, the Norsk Folkemuseum and Sørfold Lokalhistorielag. The search facility is flexible and sophisticated, in keeping with the professional and user-friendly character of this resource.
The E.W. Blatchford Collection is a photographic archive of the Middle East and parts of Europe in the late nineteenth century. It is published by the Digital Documentation Centre at the American University of Beirut. The E. W. Blatchford Collection contains 800 photographs of Europe, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and Tangiers, taken between 1880 and 1900, many taken by important photographers such as Bonfils, Dumas, Sarrafian, Dupré and Amodio. The photographs cover many things, including landscapes, historical monuments, people, architecture, archaeological sites, and daily life. The images cannot be searched, but they can be browsed using the thumbnail gallery, by list, or by using the index.
The Heritage Image Partnership is a commercial online picture library. It is compiled from the vast collections of partner organisations such as: the British Library; the National Museum of Photography Film & Television; the Science Museum; the National Monuments Record of English Heritage; the National Railway Museum; the Corporation of London Libraries and Guildhall Art Gallery; the British Museum; the Public Record Office; the Royal Photographic Society; the National Motor Museum; and the Museum of London. Most of these images have not previously been available commercially. Here, they can easily be viewed online, and ordered or downloaded. Free user registration enables access to most of the features available online. Fees are payable for some facilities, and for use of the images themselves. The search facilities are powerful, allowing the user to restrict the search to specific artistic representations, such as: allegory; calendar; caricature; Indian Miniature; landscape; manuscript; map; object; panorama; portrait; poster; pre-Raphaelite; satire; sculpture; stereocard; and still life. There is also a huge range of Medium Types to restrict the search to. You can also browse the collection by subject. Each subject then breaks down again into sub-sets. A bread-crumb trail helps the user find their way through these. metadata is recorded for each image, and there is a printable version of each entry, and a preview of each image watermarked with the Partnership's logo.
The League of Nations Photo Archive is an online database of images documenting the international organisation from its creation in 1920 to demise in 1946. The database contains about 1,300 photographs, which can be browsed by category or searched by keyword. The categories are personalities, assemblies, councils, delegations, commissions, conferences, the Secretariat, the Permanent Court of International Justice, the International Labor Organization, and various. In addition there are digitised copies of two print publications, The Illustrated Album of the League of Nations, and The League of Nations: A Pictorial Survey, and a PDF copy of the overall history entitled: The Aims, Methods and Activities of the League of Nations. The site also features technical information, a collection of reference sources, and a detailed bibliography for those wishing to make further research.
This is the website of Memoria Abierta, an alliance of eight Argentine human rights organizations who work to preserve the memory of the period of state terrorism in Argentina (the 1970s, and the years of military dictatorship (1976-1983)). The alliance is currently engaged in four major projects. The Documentary Heritage project organizes and preserves files related to state terrorism, creating an accessible archive. The Oral Archive is a collection of oral testimonies related to state terrorism, and the Photographic Archive collects and preserves images of state terrorism from different sources. The Topography of Memory project aims to make 'visible' those buildings used as clandestine detention and torture centres, preserving them as historical sites in order to promote reconstruction of history and memory. Details of access to these archives and to other activities conducted by the organization (including the construction of a museum of memory) are available on the site. This site will be an invaluable resource for anyone researching Argentine history and human rights issues. Although primary material, such as interviews and photographs, is not available online, the site offers an insight into the work being undertaken in Argentina to preserve historical memory, and will assist researchers able to travel to Argentina.
The North West Film Archive (NWFA), founded in 1977, holds moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire. The largest public film collection in the UK outside London, the archive contains many thousands of items dating from the pioneer days of film in the mid 1890s to video production of the present day, covering the work of both the professional and the amateur filmmaker. Items within the collection include cinema newsreels, documentaries, educational films and regional television programmes. The website provides access to the NWFA online catalogue for the collections, information on current and past projects, twenty-five film clips which can be viewed and details of NWFA merchandise. The Archive's holdings can be browsed by specific subject areas, namely: work and local industry; leisure and sport; local traditions and celebrations; health care; housing; transport; holiday-making and wartime experiences. The catalogue can be searched by simple keyword or by a number of other fields (region, data, professional or amateur film). The catalogue record includes a description, release date, medium, duration and the name of the producer. The Archive's search and viewing services are free to academic staff and students.
This is the website of the Northern Region Film and Television Archive (NRFTA), a public sector moving image archive serving County Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear. On the website there is visitor information, as well as information for local history researchers and for potential depositors. There are sections on 'News' at the Archive, 'About the NRFTA' (which includes information on what the Archive's policies on aquisition, preservation and access), 'The Collection' (detailing what is in the NRFTA collection and access for commercial and private users), 'Depositors' (outlining preservation, access, copyright and other issues for donors of film), 'Filmshows, exhibitions and broadcasts' (listing past and forthcoming public screenings of NRFTA material), 'Downloads' (including PDF versions of NRFTA policy statements and contracts) and hyperlinks to related websites. The collection was used as the basis of a BBC series 'England on Film' broadcast in the spring of 2003. The Archive includes films about shipbuilding, mining and sport, and home movies featuring weddings, weekend trips and holidays. It was created in 1998, bringing together film collections from a number of sources, including BBC News Collection, Turners' Collection, Trade Films' Collection, and Amateur Film Collection.
This is the website for the Norwegian Institute of Recorded Sound (Norsk Lydinstitutt Stavanger), which manages a collection of over "100,000 LP records, 40,000 78 rpm records, 10,000 audio reel tapes, 5,000 video and music cassettes, 5,000 books on music, record catalogues and periodicals, as well as extensive equipment for playing and copying of recordings". As such, it is one of the largest collections in Europe. Based on a number of collections, which were donated to the city of Stavanger, by Arne Dørumsgaard, John Sanders, the Fartein Valen Society, Boris Semeonoff, Rolf Davidson, Odd-Jan Jonassen, amongst other donors, the Institute aims to be a centre of musical research, with an emphasis on the gramaphone repertoire of the 20th century. The website includes a history of the Institute, and of the collections. An online catalogue can be searched or browsed, and, although it is the intention to make parts of the collection available online, a few sound files are available to listen to now (for which QuickTime is required).
This website was devised and published by academics at the Northwestern University, and has been funded with money from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Oyez is a web resource containing materials from the United States Supreme Court, and it's main feature is the more than 2,000 hours of Supreme Court audio that users can access for free with RealPlayer. The collection features leading cases in constitutional law, and spans from 1955 to the present, although many of the audio files date from 1995 onwards. In addition to the audio files, the site publishes the biographies of Supreme Court Justices from the eighteenth century to the present day, synopses of all the cases, and a virtual tour of the Supreme Court buildings.
This is the home page of the Phonogrammarchiv, or Research Sound Archive, of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the self-proclaimed oldest sound archive in the world. Dedicated to the research and preservation of sound recordings since 1899, the archive now has a wing devoted to video recording. The site gives a detailed description of its collection and storage procedures, as well as its external projects. A brief history of recording technologies is incorporated into a catalogue of the archive's resources and those of its affiliated library. An outside link to Österreichische Mediathek, the affiliated audiovisual archive of the Technical Museum of Vienna, offers sound files of the voices of famous historical figures, such as Emperor Franz Joseph I ; Arthur Schnitzler ; and Josef Weinheber. Essays (or descriptions thereof), some with sound documents, are posted from staff research in the fields of Ethnomusicology ; Ethnolinguistics and Dialectology ; Cultural Anthropoly and Folklore ; musical automata ; Zoology ; Medicine and Natural Sciences ; environmental sounds and noises ; early collections ; language and music samples ; and mechanical musical instruments. Projects, downloadable publications and links are all clearly and comprehensively posted -- as are several indexes of archive holdings, and a good selection of sound samples. Together, these resources make the site valuable for musicologists, anthropologists and historians of Austria, Central Europe, and World History. The site has a news page and its own search engine.
The Photographic Libraries website provides an online directory of Web resources for finding images. It offers links to hundreds of image libraries and collections, ranging from agency portfolios to archival resources. This website covers stock image services, fashion and celebrity photography, archive and museum collections, resources for photojournalists, student galleries, maps and cartography, moving images, and much more. Many of the sites catalogued are those of museums and libraries, but private collections are also included. Each featured resource is accompanied by a description. It is possible to search the site or to browse by category. A facility to suggest new sites for inclusion is also available.
“Picture History” is a large digital library of images that illustrates over 200 years of American history. Images are all keyword searchable and users can select images via topic or browse by category, decade, photographer, and anniversary. Browse categories include Abraham Lincoln, historic eras and events, people and professions, politics and government, and war and the military. Users will need an audio and video plug-in as some parts of this website feature audio and video footage. Whilst the service is free to use for on-screen browsing, registration and payment is required for downloading higher resolution images. Picture History also includes an online magazine, which provides historical context to selected images. The collection is derived from the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection of 19th century photography.
Picture Sheffield.com is the Internet version of Sheffield Local Studies Library's computerised image system. Funded from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the collection contains nearly 20,000 photographs, most of which date from between 1900 to 1950. Images are mostly of streets, transport infrastructure, and buildings. Buildings include Cutlers Hall, the University of Sheffield and its campus, and the many cutlery factories that used to dot the city's landscape. There are also some portraits in the collection. The archive can be searched by keyword or browsed alphabetically by place or topic. The details provided with each image varies, and users are invited to submit any information they might have to help complete each record. The decade in which each photograph was taken is included, but not the precise date. Images may be magnified on the screen, or ordered as physical prints (for a fee). The electronic versions may be reproduced free of charge for personal use.
Picture Stockton is an online repository of over 2,000 images of Stockton-on-Tees, from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. The site is published by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and all of the images are taken from Stockton's Reference Library Local History Collection. The images are largely photographs, although there is a number of sketches and drawings from the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The images can be searched by keyword or browsed by category. The categories include aerial photographs, art and architecture, churches, uniforms, domestic, industry, leisure, schools and shopping. All the images are accompanied by captions, which site users can also add to.
The RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) National Library Service (formerly the National Library for the Blind (UK)) Web page provides details of an electronic library service for visually impaired readers who want books in accessible formats. The site includes: information about the various formats that are available; book lists and a library catalogue; details of the Talking Book Service and online reference services; and discussion forums. Online versions of the RNIB magazine Read On are also available, as Word or PDF files. The website is designed to be accessible to people with sight problems.
The Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN) is a collection of over 300,000 images, sound files and movie clips selected from over 350 museums, galleries, media organisations, and archives. It principally covers Scottish material culture and human history. All resources are copyright-cleared for educational use. Subjects covered include: archaeology; architecture; art and design; art history; cultural studies; ethnology; history; literature; and media studies. Its extensive suite of learning materials includes: pathfinders (concise illustrated histories on various topics); the curriculum navigator (a tool to help teachers find SCRAN resources on specific subjects in the Scottish or English National curricula); and the schools' topic bank (a list of topics and related resource packs which can be used to support study or research). In addition, the FE/HE section contains practical advice (including how-to guides, search tips, FAQs and access to software tools), teaching ideas and examples of learning materials created using SCRAN resources. Non-subscribers can search the whole resource base for free and see thumbnail images and a basic caption, but to access the full content, users of SCRAN need a personal or institutional subscription. A free monthly trial is available, and SCRAN is available to UK HE/FE institutions at a subsidised rate under a national license agreement negotiated by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This description is based on that supplied by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The website 'Sounds Familiar? Accents and Dialects of the UK' is one of the British Library online learning resources. It is dedicated to the study of British accents and vocabularies, from a contemporary and historical perspective. Users can investigate recent trends in pronunciation, such as 'upspeak' or 'T-glottaling', or discover how the English of British Asians is influenced by their bilingual status. The resource includes a selection of over seventy audio recordings and more than 600 short audio clips from the British Library Sound Archive. Some of the materials were recorded in the 1950s and others almost half a century later, between 1998 and1999. The resource consists of five main sections: Regional Voices; Changing Voices; Your Voices; Case Studies; and Activities. The first two of these sections focus, respectively, on the regional and historical variations of English. 'Case Studies' looks into three specific English varieties: Received Pronunciation, Geordie Dialect, and the language of ethnic minorities in the UK. Suggested 'Activities' encourage users to investigate the use of English in their own communities, and 'Your Voices' provides them with an opportunity to publish their results on the site. With its interactive character and comprehensive set of audio data and their interpretations, this site is commendable to general audience interested in the subject, as well as students and researchers of linguistics, particularly phonetics and sociolinguistics.
The Media Resource Center (MRC) is the University of California, Berkeley Library's primary collection of non-printed materials, which include video cassettes and DVDs. The MRC permanent collection comprises materials in a wide range of subjects, including Soviet and East European cinema. The site on Soviet and East European cinema is divided into the following parts: Soviet Union; Russian silent film; Czechoslovakia; Hungary; Poland; and Yugoslavia/Serbia/Croatia. Each part contains a list of films, accompanied by a short description of the film setting, its director, and the year of production. The Soviet cinema list includes works of great producers, such as Eisenshtein and Pudovkin, as well as modern directors. The Russian silent film list includes works by Protazanov, Dovzhenko, Room, and others. The site also includes the Eastern Europe videography, which covers history and politics, and a bibliography of books and articles on Soviet and East European cinema available at the library. Users are also directed to a site from which they can purchase some titles.
The website "Take up the Sword of Justice: British Posters of World War One from the Roger N. Mohovich Collection" features an exhibition of posters held by the Special Collections department of Georgetown University. The exhibition is prefaced by an introduction explaining the significance of the Mohovich Collection, acquired in 1997. The introduction also provides information on print runs, the regional use of printing houses, and print years. The exhibition includes work by artists such as Frank Brangwyn, G. Spencer Pryse, and Bernard Partridge. Many of the twenty-five posters featured were issued by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee in an effort to recruit soldiers to the Front. Posters exhibited include "Women of Britain Say Go", "The Empire Needs Men!", and "Red Cross or Iron Cross". Details are given for each work. The posters display most of the stylistic and thematic ideas which typify British poster art during the war, and give an amazing insight into how the perceived characteristics and skills of both men and women could be channelled into the war effort.
'Universal Newsreels' is part of the Internet Archive website, and the Web pages in this section gives free access to digitised versions of over 600 selected cinema newsreels produced by Universal between 1929 and 1967. Newsreels were news films shown in cinemas at a time before the widespread ownership of televisions. Users may browse by collection or by subject / keywords. Video may be freely downloaded in OGG Video, MPEG4, or MPEG2 formats, and downloading is not restricted only to those in the U.S.A. Films seems to have been selected because they show moments of great historic interest. Of interest to British visitors may be: 'Churchill Home-Coming' (1941); 'Jungle War In Burma' (1944); 'RAF Sinks Tirpitz' (1944); 'Beaten Nazis Sign Historic Surrender' (1945), among others. The newsreels have been placed in the public domain by Universal, and thus students looking for royalty free footage to use in learning film-editing or in arts projects may find reels such as 'Chimp into Space' (1961) especially useful. The entire collection of Universal Newsreels is held at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
This website describes the University of St Andrew’s world-class collection of photography. In particular the collection benefits from an outstanding holding of early photographs (reflecting the University’s pioneering role in the development of photographic processes) including work by John Adamson, Robert Adamson, David Octavius Hill and Thomas Rodger. Other notable collections include: the work of local press photographer George Cowie, covering life in St Andrews and East Fife; photographs by John E A Steggall, covering life and travel in the early twentieth century; glass negatives by landscape photographer Robert Moyes Adam; 120,000 topographic images from postcard printer Valentines of Dundee; Lady Henrietta Gilmour’s images of her daily life between 1890 – 1912; colour slides by James Burt Milne reflecting tourist sites in the 1970s and 1980s; Sir James Donaldson’s photographs of architecture, topography and statuary; Late nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs by William Carmichael McIntosh’s (of natural history and psychiatry), David Russell (of archaeological excavations), D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (of natural history and anthropology). The Website also includes images from the University’s Muniment and Manuscript collection of historic documents including including illustrated alchemical documents, photographic prints and albums, lantern slides, watercolours, archaeological plans and drawings. Although the website has only a fraction of the huge collection available in digital format, the still extensive selection of images available is well indexed and has advanced search and ‘lightbox’ functions.
Virtual Mitchell is an online database of images of Glasgow, published by the Mitchell Library, one of the largest reference libraries in Europe. The images have largely been taken from the City Archives, and are mainly of street scenes and buildings. The collection is largely made up of photographs, but also includes a small amount of prints and lithographs. The database can either be searched or browsed by keyword, street name and area. It can also be browsed thumbnail menus or by subject areas such as the cinema, shipbuilding, immigrant communities and the First and Second World Wars. Individual images can be downloaded from the site, but if proper copies are required these can be ordered separately.
This is the Wessex Sound and Film Archive website, introducing the Archive which holds audio and moving image material relating to central southern England. The Archive’s extensive collections (over 20,000 items) include: newsreel footage (with a particular emphasis on military and maritime subjects); amateur film and video of life in the region; research and advertising film by local businesses such as Vosper Thornycroft and Huntley & Palmers; local radio tapes; oral history recordings; Gramophone discs and tapes including some featuring the Bournemouth Orchestras; most of the original film documenting the raising of the 'Mary Rose’; local radio programmes from 1958 to the present. The website includes sample clips of collection highlights as well as access to the Archive’s online catalogue.
This website describes and AHRC project investigating the private media found in “old boxes and trunks” considering the issues surrounding those private transitioned to the public space by, for example, academics, artists and researchers. Three workshops (arranged by media: cine film; photography and objects) examined the public outcomes, collecting/archiving and exhibition/curation of this material and explored attempts to deal with autobiographical and collective pasts through the specific and precious qualities of this private histories. The website unfortunately only offers a description of the project, although workshop organisers’ contact details are given for those interested in learning more.
Österreichische Mediathek (Austrian Mediathek) is an external institute and audiovisual archive of the Museum of Technology in Vienna. The archive holds some one million sound and video recordings on Austrian culture and contemporary history. The site has an online catalogue which allows site visitors to search these holdings. There is information on the archive's exhibitions and the Museum's acoustical galleries. Selected online versions of the galleries list musical composers in an index alphabetically; clicking on the names produces short illustrated biographies and online music samples. Visitors to the Museum in Vienna may record short messages for posterity, and the Archive has selected some of these for its online sound bytes in the section 'Ihr Wort für die Ewigkeit.'
Other parts of the sound galleries include a wonderful historical timeline, spanning the period 1900 to 2000. Clicking on a specific date calls up more short illustrated biographies and sound files of speeches from famous Austrians, beginning with Emperor Franz Josef I (1830-1916). Similar subsites exist for literary authors, listed alphabetically from Ilse Aichinger to Stefan Zweig and for other historical figures in 'Austrian vocal portaits' (österreichische Stimmporträts), including Sigmund Freud and Viktor Frankl, as well as for science and culture. The galleries section alone makes the site invaluable both for the general public and academics studying Central Europe. A much less extensive video gallery is currently under construction, with emphasis on short documentary clips. The site provides general information on the Museum's publications; its press releases; latest news; and related links.