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Moving Image Gateway Update

This Gateway includes 1,800 websites relating to moving image and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone.
The website of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The British Architectural Library holds DVDs, videotapes and sound recordings of talks and lectures which can be accessed on site. Holdings are international in scope and cover a wide range of subjects, from prehistory to the present. In addition to architectural theory, practice and history there is material on allied subjects such as building and construction, civil engineering, structural engineering, landscape architecture, interior design and decoration, the decorative arts, town and country planning, and construction law. Holdings can be searched on the library catalogue. The Library is free to non-RIBA members with proof of identity.

Britain On Film
Launched in 2015 around 2,500 films preserved by the BFI National Archive including home movies, documentaries and news footage from Victorian times to the 1980s are available online via BFI Player. Films of interest include what is believed to be the first surveillance footage shot in 1935 to entrap an illegal betting ring, and the first film to be used as evidence in a British court of law. There are also 1960s documentaries aimed at a Middle Eastern audience showing happy and engaged Muslim communities in Manchester and Cardiff – the message being, please come and live in the UK. What are believed to be the earliest surviving home movies, from 1902, are also hosted. Films can be searched by location, decade, or subject headings such as terraced houses, castles and street scenes.

Google Doodles
Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. The Archive pages, arranged chronologically, preserve the Doodles of past years celebrating, for example, the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, St Valentine’s Day, the Mexican 2015 elections and Saul Bass’ 93rd birthday. Clicking on the Doodle, some of which are animated and/or interactive, gives interesting information on the illustrator, the creative process and details of the event/celebration behind the logo.

Trauma Fiction History
This research series, organised by Royal Holloway, University of London, School of Modern Languages, uses different formats – lectures, seminars, round tables, workshops, podcasts – to explore the notion of trauma across a wide chronological range. Podcasts include Dr Cecile Bishop talking on ‘The Truth About Amin: History and Fiction in Filmic Portrayals of Idi Amin’; Helen Vassall on ‘The Day Nina Simone Stopped Singing: Gender, War and Trauma’ and Marina Warner speaking on ‘”What’s Hercules to Him?” Terror, Pity and the Matter of Troy (from Homer to Alice Oswald). The site is clear and easy to use and the summary of content full and informative.

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