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Moving Image Gateway – Recent additions

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,600 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

American Silent Feature Film Database
This resource contains information about American silent feature films released between 1912 and 1929. The aim of the database is to record how many films survive from the silent era, who holds them, how complete they are, and where the best surviving copy was found. The database covers the nearly 11,000 U.S. feature films released between 1912-1929, and also has holdings information about 3,300 of those titles for which elements are known to exist. The database is searched by keyword, which includes title, director, actors, studio, issue date, copyright claimant and, where the information is available, holdings location.

Broadcast For Schools
This is an unofficial, amateur site which nonetheless contains useful information about radio and television programmes broadcast for schools in Great Britain on the BBC and ITV from the 1920s to the 2010s. The site can be searched by subject, keyword and decade. The programmes are classified by subject, age range, type and information includes number of episodes, episode length, and when the programme was first broadcast, plus subsequent repeats. Some of the entries include detailed programme synopses and credits and many are illustrated with images of the pamphlets and catalogues which accompanied the programmes. Some feature links to clips.

This Video on Demand service specialises in Iranian film and offers free and subscription content via online streaming to members. IMVBox has a broad range of material, from the 1960s to the present day, all with English subtitles, including feature films, documentaries, animation, short films and television programmes. It also features potted biographies of Iranian directors, actors and producers and useful links. Subscribers can join on a monthly, six-monthly or annual basis.

This online collection documents the history of Vienna in film, from the 1890s to the 1970s. The resource features a wide range of digitised content including amateur film, sponsored film, newsreels, home movies, fiction film and documentaries. The films are accompanied by synopses, credits and filmographic information and the collection is indexed according to Film Title, Person and Landmark. A detailed ‘Comments’ section is broken down according to ‘Stylistic Comments’ (i.e. notes about composition, direction etc.) and ‘Historic Comments’ which highlight noteworthy period elements captured on the film, such as fashions, traffic, architecture etc. as well as references to further reading and other relevant contextual information. Please note that the site is German language only.

Voices of Science
This is the website of the Oral History of British Science programme. At the heart of the project are 100 interviews with British scientists about environmental science, British technology and engineering from 1940 to the present. The home page provides a good introduction to the project: it features short audio and video clips, with transcripts, of scientists and engineers talking about their lives and careers.
Users can search by themes (including education and lab work, and also by scientific discipline. The site also includes links to articles and papers written by members of the project team.

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