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The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,550 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

Commonwealth Oral Histories Project
The aim of this AHRC-funded project is to produce a digital research resource on the history of the Commonwealth since 1965, based on sixty interviews with major figures in the recent history of the organisation. Politicians, diplomats and civil servants discuss the evolution of the Commonwealth, focusing on key themes including leadership; mediation; bilateral and collaborative international pressure for racial justice; developmental issues and democratisation. An introductory page gives a Chronology of significant events. Researchers can search the reource by interviewee name, theme and by country discussed. There is also a helpful Glossary of names and terms, and Citation advice. Full transcripts of the interviews are available on the site and can also be downloaded as PDFs.

bpb Mediathek
The German Federal Agency for Civic Education – the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung or the bpb – is a federal public authority which provides citizenship education and information on political issues to people in Germany. The site’s media centre features a selection of films and audio materials for educational use, including interviews, documentaries, radio plays, and historical film material, some of which are available in English.

The History of English Podcast
A fortnightly podcast which offers a chronological history of the English language, beginning with its Indo-European roots and tracing its development via its Germanic origins and its relationships to other languages. The podcast’s host Kevin Stroud is knowledgeable and communicates clearly, covering aspects of linguistics, writing, palaeography and ancient history, as well as his core subject. The podcast, which comes out fortnightly, is free and is also available on iTunes.

Learners TV
This site provides thousands of free downloadable video lectures on a wide range of academic subjects, including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Computer Science, Engineering, Dentistry, Medicine, Management, Accounting, Literature, Law, Economics and Philosophy. There are also over 400 interactive Science animations and a number of trade journals and technical documents which are free to download.

No Film School
This is a useful site for anyone interested in filmmaking, particularly the practical side of the process. Created by writer/director Ryan Koo, the site features tutorials, interviews, videos and news and reviews of film equipment. A recent post gives a detailed account of Thelma Schoonmaker’s appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival, during which she explains how she edited Martin Scorsese’s film Raging Bull.

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