British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

New 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

AdViews is a collection of thousands of digitised television advertisements created for clients or acquired by the D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles advertising agency during the 1950s – 1980s. It is part of Duke University Library’s digital collections and is browsable by subject, company and title and features commercials for products by well-known global brands, including Kraft, Vicks, Birds Eye, Procter and Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and General Motors. The collection features a number of expert interviews with academics and archivists, who talk about the digitisation process and how the collection has been used in teaching at Duke University.

Europeana 1914-1918
This digital archive was launched on the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Featuring contributions from ten national libraries and twenty film archives, there are 500,000 digital objects here, with resources from three big European projects, each dealing with different materials relating to World War One. The site collates material from Stories From the Public, Europeana Collections 1914 – 1918 and The European Film Gateway 1914 projects, as well as including additional items from New Zealand, Australia and America. The British Library, who have contributed to this project, have created their own World War One educational resource, which includes 500 newly digitised resources from Europeana 1914-1918, accompanied by newly-commissioned articles by historians as well as teachers’ notes.

Making History
The Making History project, which was developed by the Institute of Historical Research, traces the history of the study and practice of history in Britain, from its beginnings as a professional discipline in the late 19th century, up to the present day. The website is a rich resource of cross-referenced information about historians, institutions, journals, different historical disciplines and issues affecting the discipline. A section of historical ‘Themes’ offers definitions and potted histories of different schools of thought – such as Marxist History and Whig History – as well as subcategories like History of Medicine. Elsewhere the site has articles, a bibliography, an image gallery, and a series of interviews with eminent historians, conducted for the project, which can be downloaded as mp3s and are accompanied by full transcripts. The focus of these interviews is on how the practice and profession of history has evolved and changed, over the years from the perspective of the interviewee. Among those interviewed are Eric Hobsbawm, Ian Kershaw, Janet Nelson amd Susan Reynolds.

Podcasts from the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
A no-frills web page with audio recordings of events and public lectures on all aspects of law, including banking law, financial law, energy law, legal theory and legal history, commercial and corporate law, and human rights law. The podcasts come in a variety of formats: audio and video, with some accompanied by slides. All the material is free to listen to or view.

Today in Parliament
An essential digest of the day in the British Parliament, highlighting the main issues, debates and news from Westminster. Episodes are available for thirty days after broadcast and subscription is free through a variety of outlets, including iTunes and RSS feed. Each podcast features a brief textual summary of the episode.

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