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New entries on the Moving Image Gateway

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

AskHistorians podcast
This podcast was created by the moderators of the largest online history forum, and aims to provide serious, academic-level answers to questions about history. The content includes interviews with experts and highlights particularly useful answers from the forums.

Five Big Glories
All the films included here are in the public domain in the US (and not necessarily in the UK). They are freely available to watch, streamed either directly from the site itself or via YouTube or the Internet Archive. The site’s name derives from the ‘Big Five’ Hollywood studios: 20th Century Fox, RKO Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Alongside the offerings from the majors is a selection of B-movies from other companies and independent producers. Users can search by genre, as well as decade. Although the focus is on Hollywood’s Golden Age – the 1930s, 40s and 50s – the site does feature a smaller selection from the 1910s and 20s and 1960s and 70s, as well as a handful of French and German films.

Hello Internet
CGP Gray and Brady Haran talk about the internet in this ten episode ‘experimental’ podcast. Intellectual property and the question of ‘Copyright and the web’ is a subject to which the pair frequently return. The casual, conversational tone belies the interesting and thought-provoking content which will be of interest to anyone concerned with the ‘evolving conversation’ of the internet.

Plate Tectonics
The Geological Society have created this useful resource, which is aimed principally at UK science and geography students aged 14-16 (Key Stage 4), and their teachers but it may of interest to others too. The home page is a world map, through which users can view the Earth’s tectonic plates, different types of plate boundary, and the distribution of volcanoes and earthquakes. The site features a nice mixture of videos, maps and animations, with clear explanations of concepts and processes, and a quiz, glossary and Teachers’ Zone.

Reel to Real: Sound at the Pitt Rivers Museum
This website is one of the outcomes of a project which set out to make available to the widest possible audience the sound collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University’s Museum of Anthropology and World Archaeology. The project, which ran from 2012 to 2013 has catalogued, digitised, and made available online a broad selection of the main ethnographic (field) sound collections held by the Museum. These include selections from the Edward Evans-Pritchard collection of recordings from made in Zandeland in South Sudan between 1928 and 1930, and recordings of the Bayaka tribe in the Central African Republic, made by pioneering ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno. In addition to the recordings themselves (which are hosted on SoundCloud), a useful array of contextual resources is available, including video interviews with a number of leading ethnomusicologists, sound curators, audio engineers, and other related experts, as well as talks from workshops which took place during the project programme, and stills and video clips made by Louis Sarno in the Central African Republic.

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