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New on the BUFVC Moving Image Gateway

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British Postal Museum and Archive
The Museum and Archive has a series of free to download podcasts on aspects of the British postal service. Some focus on philately and design, looking at how the work of artists such as Eric Ravilious and Barnett Freedman has shaped public perception of the Post Office. Other podcasts consider social and political aspects of the Post Office’s history. In one example Tony Benn speaks about how he created the National Girobank during his time as Postmaster General. In another Dr Katherine Rake speaks about an incident in 1909 when two suffragettes posted themselves to 10 Downing Street, in an attempt to deliver a message personally to Prime Minister Herbert Asquith.

Digital Himalaya
A joint project by Cambridge and Yale Universities, Digital Himalaya is an online archive of ethnographic materials from the Himalaya region. The site gathers together in one place items from various ethnographic collections and features films, songs, documents, rare books, manuscripts and maps. Amongst the site’s highlights is a selection of clips from the Fürer-Haimendorf Collection, more of which can be seen at the SOAS, Digital Archives and Collections website. Other material includes the Naga Videodisc collection, the Frederick Williamson Collection as well as contemporary films and videos from the region, to provide context and perspective. The videos are in Quicktime format.

Foodskey – The Science Behind What You Eat and Drink
Nicely designed site produced by the University of Nottingham, featuring a series of short films made by video journalist Brady Haran about the science of food and drink. Most of the videos feature researchers from The University of Nottingham, especially the university’s Division of Food Sciences. The site covers topics such as extending the shelf life of foods, the molecular structure of ice cream, the importance of folic acid and Edible Water. Accessible and interesting.

Pop!Tech provides a space for innovative thinkers in various fields – including science, technology, design, public health, social and ecological innovation, and the arts and humanities – to get together and exchange provocative and challenging ideas, with the idea of using the most “genuinely disruptive, unconventional approaches” to promote real change. One example of an outcome is Project Masiluleke which aims to use mobile technology to fight HIV and TB in South Africa. Videocasts of the lectures are organised according to category and are also available on iTunes.

Terra: The Nature of Our World
This science and natural history podcast series is distinguished by high production values and an innovative use of video. Its mission is to produce science, nature and environmental films which explore the interconnectedness of the natural world. Produced by graduate students of the School of Film & Photography – MFA in Science & Natural History Filmmaking, the site’s “podcasts” are really short films which are organised according to theme. There is no search engine but the arrangement of the videos into twelve separate categories means that exploring the site’s content is relatively straightforward.

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