British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Recent 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

Archive Alive
The result of a joint project between the East Anglian Film Archive and Rouen-based Pôle Image Haute-Normandie (PIHN), this Anglo-French collaboration presents hundreds of short films, and excerpts from longer films, from East Anglia and Upper Normandy, tracing the social and cultural history of the two regions in moving images. Many of the clips are accompanied by informative commentaries which were recorded especially for the project and an Education page suggests how the material can be used – it is suitable at various levels, but particularly aimed at secondary education (KS3 and KS4 History, Citizenship and French). Users should be aware that the films are not always presented in their original form: this piece about the fishing industry edits together two films, one from the 1930s and one from the 1950s and many of the films which would have originally been silent are accompanied by music as well as a voiceover. This caveat aside, the site, which can be searched by theme, location, year and keyword, is well presented and contains a wealth of fascinating material.

British Library Sounds
50,000 selected sound recordings from the British Library’s sound archive, covering music, spoken word, wildlife and oral history. There is a vast range of material available here: the Arts, literature and performance page alone contains a wealth of diverse material from a series of talks at the ICA, which comprises over 800 discussions during the period 1982-1993 with contemporary writers, artists and filmmakers, to early spoken word recordings, the African Writers Club Collection and the Theatre Archive Project. Other sections cover Sound Recording History, Jazz and popular music and Accents and Dialects. Much of the material is freely available but some is for the use of Higher and Further Education institutions only.

Institute of Physics Video and Audio Resources
The Institute of Physics (IOP) is a scientific society which aims to advance physics research, application and education and engages with policy makers and the public to develop awareness and understanding of physics. Its Video and Audio resources page contains a range of material, covering videos aimed at schools, with advice for teachers in primary and secondary education, to lectures (some of which are available to IOP members only), as well as a more light-hearted, yet visually striking, series of experiments collected under the heading Physics Tricks. More seriously, in response to the statistics showing how few girls move from GCSE to A-level physics, the IOP commissioned 3 video profiles of female physicists making a success out of their lives with the aim of encouraging more young women to consider the study of physics as a route into their career of choice.

Media and the Memory in Wales
This website is the result of a study conducted by Aberystwyth University to explore how the ‘golden age of television’ – ie. from the 1960s to the 1990s – influenced family life in Wales and to collect a range of views and recollections that together, in the words of project leader Dr Iwan Morus, “represent a national collective memory of television in Wales.” The interviews were conducted around eight significant themes or events, including the Aberfan Disaster, Devolution Referendums, the Investiture of Prince Charles and the Drowning of Tryweryn. The interviewees were selected from four distinct geographical and linguistic communities, from the Rhondda and Carmarthen in the south to Wrexham and Caernarfon in the north. The resulting oral testimonies, in Welsh and English, provide a fascinating and often moving account of how a nation saw itself and show how the act of remembering – itself a crucial ingredient in the formation of a national identity – can be shaped by media representations.

Teaching Structural Geology
The Visualizations page of this website, which is hosted by the Geoscience Faculty at Carleton College, features links to a number of selected 3D animations and films on specific topics within structural geology, including orogeny, uplift and erosion, maps and mapping, isostasy and stress and strain. The Sandbox Movies page features animated sandbox experiments used to visualize structural processes such as faulting and mountain building.

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