British Universities Film & Video Council

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Register for free access to BBC Northern Ireland’s news footage

The BUFVC is pleased to announce the Launch of Chronicle: BBC Northern Ireland’s television news from the 60s and 70s, for exclusive use by licensed* UK higher and further education institutions.

The live service is available on but please read the terms below* to make sure your institution is registered.

The audio-visual archives of the BBC contain a wealth of material gathered since it was founded in the 1920’s but it remainsThis image may be used only for promotion of this project, please do not reproduce - rights held by the BBC. largely inaccessible. ‘Chronicle’ has made part of that archive available to UK higher and further education by digitising hours of content from the BBC Northern Ireland’s vaults.

The digitised material will allow users to explore events over a 14 year time period (1963-1976) of Northern Ireland’s history, delivering a rich and contextual experience from a political, historical and cultural perspective. At the time of writing around 4,000 videos are available (ranging from 1963 to 1971) but more will be added as the collection gets catalogued.

Chronicle provides Authenticated Users with free access to digitised copies of selected news and current affairs material covering Northern Ireland and The Troubles, via a simple, user-friendly interface and web-based tools for searching and viewing.

What next?

*To enable your institution to access this new material immediately, please download and sign the sub-licence.  Completed sub-licences should be emailed to or returned by post to the BUFVC, 77 Wells Street, London W1T 3QJ (mark the envelope ‘Licensing’). Please remember to include all the contact details and information in the last sheet of the sub-licence.

Questions? Please phone us on 020 7393 1500, or email us.

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