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The BUFVC 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.

Archive on 4
Previously The Archive Hour, Archive on 4 is a BBC Radio 4 series which compiles audio clips from the station’s archives around a different theme in each edition. A variety of guest speakers, with a connection to the week’s subject, present the show. An archive of past editions (from 2010) is available on BBC iPlayer. Topics are wide-ranging: recent episodes include ‘Spoken Like a Woman’ in which Anne Karpf explores the way in which women have shaped the sound of British radio; ‘Destroyer of Worlds’ which discusses how Britain discovered the first atomic bomb, only to lose it to the Americans, and ‘The Devil’s Horn’ in which jazz musician Soweto Kinch talks on the history of the saxophone.

John Grierson Archive
The John Grierson Archive at the University of Stirling provides a comprehensive account of the career of one of the key figures in the history of documentary filmmaking. The Archive includes notebooks in which Grierson wrote drafts of correspondence, lectures and articles and planned various projects; correspondence with filmmakers, politicians and civil servants; scripts and production notes for films directed, produced and overseen by Grierson including DRIFTERS (1929); notes for, and transcripts of, talks and lectures given by Grierson; articles written by Grierson on film and other subjects; drafts of proposed books written by Grierson on film, education and propaganda; press cuttings; papers relating to various organisations for which Grierson worked including the Empire Marketing Board, the GPO Film Unit, the Imperial Relations Trust, the National Film Board of Canada, Group 3 Film Company, UNESCO, the Association Internationale des Documentaristes; Films of Scotland Committee and Scottish Television. Photographs of Grierson and stills from his films.

The Grierson Archive was catalogued in 1978 and a printed version of the detailed file-level list of the collection can be consulted in the archives reading room. A card index providing item-level references to documents in the collection by name, subject and film title available for consultation in the archives reading room. An index to the c500 photographs in the collection can also be viewed in the archives reading room.

Mental Health TV
This is a resource producing educational programmes for students, junior doctors, health workers and the general public. The site was established and funded by Dr Andrew Macaulay. The site claims that it is the only public service internet broadcaster dedicated to providing video information for common mental health problems for students, patients and their families and CPD modules for professionals. The website delivers a wide range of programmes on a pay-per-view and contract basis; some are free or sponsored. Topics covered include anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and eating disorders. Some DVDs are available for sale.

Prisons Memory Archive
The Archive has recorded 175 interviews from those who passed through Armagh Gaol, the Maze, and Long Kesh Prison. during the 30 years of the violent conflict about the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. The range of participants in the PMA includes prison staff, prisoners, visitors, teachers, chaplains and probation officers. The testimonies have been grouped by theme to aid navigation e.g. release, education, coping, visits. The PMA is an ongoing project and new interviews are being added to the site. The website also provides a filmography of feature films and documentaries which deal with prisoners’ experiences.

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