British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

New additions to the Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,200 websites relating to video, multimedia and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone or visit the Gateway at

Animal Science Image Gallery
This resource provides images, animation and video of animals, mainly of the farm variety, including cattle, horses, poultry, sheep and goats, and will be of interest to students of agriculture and veterinary science. The images are accompanied by explanatory notes and cover information on diseases, breeding, welfare and handling, genetics, reproduction, nutrition and ethology.

Microbe World
The American Society of Microbiology have created this site which features news items, podcasts, images and video covering bacteria, viruses, immunology, mycology, epidemiology and more. There is a range of audiovisual material, including interviews, lectures and film of microbes in action.

The site also includes items of historic interest such as the educational film Bacteria Friend and Foe, produced by the Encyclopedia Britannica in the 1950s, which illustrates the importance of bacteria in everyday life.

National Science Foundation
The NSF is an American Federal Agency which funds research across a wide range of scientific areas, from astronomy to geology to zoology, with the exception of medical science. A particular aim is to fund cutting-edge research: projects and collaborations which may “seem like science fiction today” but tomorrow will be accepted as part of the fabric of everyday life. Their nanoscience page reflects this commitment to pushing back the frontiers of scientific research. The Multimedia Gallery features stills, podcasts, film and video across all fields of science and engineering, again, with an emphasis on current research and development, coupled with an awareness of the foundation’s educational mission.

Poetry Foundation
Website of the Poetry Foundation, a Chicago-based independent institution “committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture”. The site is a rich resource, featuring the texts of more than 10,000 poems by 1,800 poets, with a search engine to enable browsing by poet, period, poetic school, occasion and country as well as by poetic terms and subjects. There are also interviews, criticism, reading guides, event listings, and poetry-related news. The site’s podcasts are arranged by theme and series: The Essential American Poets features archival recordings of writers as well as introductions to their lives and work: Anne Sexton, Wallace Stevens, Gertrude Stein and John Ashbery are among those represented. The video resources includes a section called Poetry Everywhere, which presents poets reading from their work. Elsewhere on the award-winning site there are documentaries, resources for children and  NewsHour Poetry: a slot on PBS Newshour dedicated to engaging a broader audience with poetry through a series of informative reports on contemporary poets and poetry.

Scotland on Screen
This resource provides over 200 film clips about Scotland with the aim of documenting a century of social, economic and environmental changes in Scottish lives. Primarily aimed at Scottish schools, the clips are available to download for Glow and Shibboleth users but the streamed films can be viewed by anybody. Each clip has a synopsis, production details and comes with a list of questions and suggested activities for students and teachers. The result of a partnership project between Education Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and Creative Scotland, the collection is carefully chosen and covers a variety of themes, including Scottish industry, architecture, fashion, tourism, music, rural communities, the growth of towns and cities, football, immigration, health and Scotland’s experience of World War II. The footage encompasses home movies, adverts, animation, public information films, party political broadcasts, industrial films and fiction films and also features John Grierson’s 1968 television programme “I Remember, I Remember”, his personal account his career as a documentary film-maker, including his early life in Stirling.

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