British Universities Film & Video Council

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Latest Additions to the Moving Image Gateway

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 http://bufvc.ac.uk/gateway/

The History Vault
This history resource features a crisp, clean design and has a wide range of nicely-illustrated, easily searchable articles, reviews, podcasts, videos and interviews. Although it is aimed at a broad audience rather than a specifically academic one, there is much here that will interest teachers and researchers. Some of the content is directly concerned with pedagogy, such as this piece on history in the classroom which rehearses some of the recent arguments between politicians and academics on how history should be taught, and argues that the use of audiovisual materials in the classroom (such as Blackadder Goes Forth, in teaching the First World War) is more nuanced and critically engaged than the way it tends to be presented by politicians and in the mainstream press. Elsewhere Matthew Jones writes about UCL’s Cultural Memory and British Cinema-going of the 1960s project and among the site’s podcasts is a series on ‘Iconic Texts’, in which academics talk about documents which have had a profound historical impact, such as the Communist Manifesto, Thomas Hobbes’ ‘Leviathan’ and Mary Wolstonecraft’s ‘Vindication of the Rights of Woman’.

nostalghia.com: An Andrei Tarkovsky Information Site
An excellent (if unofficial) resource for film scholars and Tarkovsky buffs, this site features news and articles about the Russian director, as well as links to other resources elsewhere on the web. The look of the site is appropriately austere and no-frills but contains information not easily accessible elsewhere, including English translations of writings originally in French, Italian, German, Polish and Russian. A list of documentaries about Tarkovsky, is illustrated with screenshots, but no moving images.

Library of Congress Webcasts
These webcasts consist of lectures and talks by experts, academics, researchers and archivist.  The Library of Congress has many different sites, collections and projects, covering a wide range of subjects: all are well-represented here and have been divided into eight broad subject areas: Biography, History, Performing Arts, Education, Government, Poetry and Literature, Religion and Science & Technology. Users can narrow their searches further within these broad headings, according to project/site/collection eg. The American Folklife Center, the Music Division, the Digital Future and You project, to name but three. The webcasts come with a brief description, date when uploaded and fully searchable transcripts. There is also a section for recently added webcasts. Although the talking head format is slightly old-fashioned the content is good and its searchability makes it a useful and user-friendly resource.

LSE Video and Audio Channels
The London School of Economics offers a broad selection of over thirty podcasts and videos from its departments and schools. This page presents the resources in a clearly laid out manner, making it easy to see at a glance what is on offer, with brief, informative summaries of each podcast and a clear design. There are too many resources to mention them all here, but selected highlights include: VoxEUROPP, Current Affairs in Mandarin, Institute of Public Affairs and Democratic Audio. There are also links to other outlets which syndicate the content, including iTunesU, YouTube, Webfeeds, mixcloud and Soundcloud. All the resources are freely available.

NHS Video Library
Over a thousand short videos providing public information on all aspects of healthcare, offering advice and information to all age groups about mental and bodily wellbeing. Most of the videos feature first hand testimony from patients and expert advice from health professionals. Many are illustrated with animations, graphics and statistics and give practical advice for those needing treatment, information on screening programmes and pointers to healthy lifestyles.

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