British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access


The Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives is principally an archive of personal papers of senior 20th century British defence personnel, but it includes some film and video material, particularly research material created by television documentary production companies. The centre was founded in 1964, and the first accession of video material from a production company was received in 1989.
Middle East; Israel; Gulf War, 1990-91; Arab-Israeli War; Arab League States; Biological weapons, military engineering; Chemical weapons, military engineering; Falklands War, 1982; Nuclear weapons; Yugoslavia, civil war; War; Weapons
Access by prior arrangement, including disabled. Researchers are advised to discuss their requirements with staff of the Centre in advance of a visit. All first-time readers except the staff and students of King’s College London to produce a letter of introduction from a third party.
No charge for research access but charges made for reprographic services, reproduction of materials in broadcast productions and in some instances, for filming within the Centre.
Copyright not held. Copyright advice available.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Video: Death of Yugoslavia: videotapes and transcripts of original interviews and transmitted programmes for the documentary series The Death of Yugoslavia made by Brian Lapping Associates, 1995; additional background research material, including press cuttings, books and texts of UN resolutions (244 U-matic tapes). The Nuclear Age: video tapes, scripts and interview transcripts for 12 programmes on the history of nuclear weaponry and strategy made jointly by Central Independent Television plc and WGBH Boston in 1989 (12 VHS tapes). The Washington Version: videotapes and transcripts of interviews and conference sessions for a BBC television series on the Gulf Crisis, made by Brian Lapping Associates, 1992 (87 NTSC VHS tapes). Woolly Al Walks the Kitty Back: videotapes of interviews, and interview transcripts for a BBC television Timewatch documentary on US-UK relations during the Falklands War, made by Brian Lapping Associates, 1992 (80 U-matic tapes).Documentary. Videotapes and interview transcripts of filmed interviews for the documentary series The Fifty Years War: Israel and the Arabs made by Brian Lapping Associates, 1998; additional background research material, including press cuttings, books and pamphlets (6 VHS tapes). Videotape of programme and copies of documents used for the television documentary Bad Trip to Edgewood made by Yorkshire Television Limited in 1993 on the US Army chemical and biological testing programme programme (1 VHS tape).


Printed catalogue
Summary guide entries and completed catalogues will begin to be available on the Centre’s website from autumn 2000.

Additional Information

Hard copy lists compiled by depositors are available for consultation in the reading room. Summary guide entries will be available on the centre’s website by early 1998.

Main Contact

Ms. Patricia Methven
Job title
Director of Archive Services
020 7873 2015
020 7873 2760
King’s College London

Alternate Contact

020 7848 2187

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