British Universities Film & Video Council

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Recent additions to the BUFVC Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 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, telephone or visit the Gateway at

How Your Brain Works
This series of lectures was given by Professor Jan Schnupp in summer 2011 as part of a ten week evening class organized by the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. The lectures aim to introduce the fundamentals of neuroscience to a lay audience and assume no scientific prior knowledge on the part of the viewer. The lectures begin simply, with basic information about neurons and nerve cells, but work up to quite advanced topics, as Professor Schnupp discusses the neuroscience behind vision, hearing, spatial awareness, memory, decision-making, motor disorders, and addiction. Some of lectures are accompanied by summaries and Powerpoint slides.

My Farming Life
This website is the result of an HLF-funded project to record the memories of farmers in North Warwickshire, documenting the daily lives of the members of the local agricultural community, as well as tracing the changes that have taken place in rural areas over the course of the twentieth century. The interviews are in Flowplayer format and are accompanied by introductory text, stills of the interviewees and downloadable transcripts.

Open Society Archives
The Open Society Archives (OSA) at the Central European University in Budapest, collects, preserves and makes available documents and films relating to recent Eastern European History, particularly about Communism, the Cold War and human rights. Founded by George Soros in 1995, the OSA is a campaigning organisation and part of its mission is to develop new ways of contextualising primary resources: hence the wide range of exhibitions, projects and information presented on this stimulating website.

A number of resources, including themed resource guides are intended to help researchers navigate the wide range of material available, while the OSA TV part of the site presents video recordings of public lectures, events and exhibitions, as well as videos from the archival collections. There is some fascinating material available, including 200 films from the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior Film Studio. The aim of this studio was to produce educational and propaganda films used for the professional and political training of Ministry of the Interior staff and the main topics included state security and administration, border protection, public orderand direct political propaganda.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Podcast
There are nearly 200 of these podcasts available to listen to or download (in mp3 format), free of charge. Each episode lasts between ten and twenty-five minutes and simply consists of an audio version of the person’s entry from the ODNB. The eclectic selection covers writers, politicians, scientists, entertainers and sportsmen and women, as well as ‘Wartime lives’, ‘Criminal lives’ and ‘One-offs’. The selection covers the very well-known – from the Emperor Hadrian and Boudicca, to Captain Scott, J.R.R. Tolkien and Princess Diana. The less obvious choices possibly provide more interesting fare: Nora Joyce, Humphrey Lyttelton, Angela Carter and Charles Darwin’s daughter Anne, to name just a few. Other names are not well-known but are remarkable in some way, such as the biographies of Herbert Burden, a World War I soldier, executed for desertion and Hannah Snell, an 18th century British woman who disguised herself as a man and became a soldier.

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