British Universities Film & Video Council

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December on the Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes nearly 1,500 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

Cymru 1914: The Welsh Experience of the First World War
This resource is the result of a mass digitisation project by the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales. It brings together for the first time many previously fragmented and disparate materials and presents them as a coherent digital collection. The site features photographs, manuscripts, posters, newspapers and journals as well as a number of interviews with people remembering their experiences of the war, which includes first hand experiences of combat as well as memories of how the war affected local communities. The interviews, most of which are from Swansea University’s South Wales Miners’ Library collection, were conducted in the early 1970s and are accompanied by full transcripts.

Fitzwilliam Museum Podcasts
This series of podcasts complements the exhibitions and collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Presented by Fitzwilliam curators as well as experts from outside the museum, the focus is on art and sculpture, both ancient and modern, but also covers other subject areas relevant to the museum’s collections. Of particular note is the 16 part series about Charles Darwin made to accompany the exhibition ‘Endless Forms’, which was held in October 2009. The series features speakers from different academic disciplines speaking about different aspects of Darwin’s career and thinking. All the podcasts are available to download or view online.

Hairdressing Training
Aimed at those just starting careers in hairdressing, as well as more experienced practitioners, this well-designed, freely available resource presents step-by-step videos, tests and guides to an expanding collection of hairdressing styles and techniques. The site is made up of four main sections: Male Cuts, Female Cuts, Lessons and Skills and Equipment and the resources are usefully mapped to the various competencies required to attain different NVQ levels in hairdressing and barbering. Also availabe on a Mobile Site.

This website, from the DIPex health education charity, presents videos of patients talking about their experiences of illness and other health-related matters.  The information is based on qualitative research into health experiences, led by experts at the University of Oxford and the site’s purpose is to help other people make informed decisions about seeking advice and treatment, to help them and their families cope and to provide a patients’ perspective to doctors, nurse and other healthcare professionals. The site has an enormous amount of content, with over 25,000 video clips of people talking about over 75 different health issues, but its layout makes navigation easy, and the videos are accompanied by full transcript. A section on Learning and Teaching offers guidance on how to use the resource in education, with case studies, and examples of how to apply the resources in various curricula, including PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), Religious Education, Psychology, Health and Social Care, as well as Medicine, where the videos can be used to teach students how to see things from the patient’s perspective. A sister resource, YouthHealthTalk focuses on young people’s experiences of illness.

The NRICH website offers support and learning resources to students and teachers of mathematics, and is aimed at those studying and teaching at primary and secondary school level. The focus is on problem-solving, building students’ confidence, mathematical reasoning, thinking skills and ability to take the initiative. Clearly laid out and easy to navigate – via topic and KS level – the site has a wide range of problems, games and articles, which are accompanied by explanatory videos and transcripts. The site which is part of the Cambridge University Millennium Mathematics Project, which is a maths education and outreach initiative for ages 3 to 19 and the general public.

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