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  1. MOI Digital Streaming

    Link
    http://www.moidigital.ac.uk/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Film Studies, Politics and Government

    An on-going project whose core function is to make accessible primary material related to the history of the Ministry of Information between 1939 and 1946. The MoI was established by the British government at the outbreak of the Second World War and was responsible for issuing ‘National Propaganda’ at home and abroad, as well as censoring information deemed to be of military value. Using all available modes of communication, the MoI produced films, organised radio broadcasts, issued pamphlets and posters to local authorities, published books and illustrated magazines, curated exhibitions and undertook pioneering social surveys. This website offers access to all the Home Intelligence Reports and Wartime Social Surveys which were created for the purpose of monitoring public opinion. Of special interest are the reports related to propaganda films which summarise the reaction of correspondents to films such as War in the East, Seaman Laskier Goes Back to Sea, Rush Hour and Newspaper Train, Three in a Shell Hole, Sam Pepys Joins the Navy, Royal Observer Corps and Naval Operations. This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in how propaganda is produced and used.

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  2. The Exploratorium Streaming

    Link
    https://www.exploratorium.edu
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Bio-Medical, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Art, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, General Science, History, Mathematics, Nature, Physics, Technology
    Medium
    Film/Video, Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download, Web Links

    A public learning laboratory, The Exploratorium, is devoted to just that: exploring the world through science, art and human perception. Their mission is ‘to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide’ and perhaps more importantly their vision is ‘a world where people think for themselves and can confidently ask questions, question answers, and understand the world around them’. The museum makes available a vast range of, video programmes, organised by subjects, including: Arts (532 videos), Astronomy and Space (220), Biology (331), Chemistry (97), History (35), Mathematics (19), Nature of Science (13), Perception (55), Physics (215), and Social Science (575). There is also a Websites section with over 35, 000 pages of content, which can be explored by subject too.

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  3. Working Class History Podcasts Streaming

    Link
    https://workingclasshistory.com/category/podcast/
    Category
    Social Sciences
    Subject
    American Studies, History, Politics and Government, Social Studies, Women’s Studies
    Medium
    Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Podcasting, Streaming/Download, Web Links

    Who makes History? This resource, launched in 2014, is dedicated to recording and popularising people’s history, that is, the history of ‘everyday women, men, people of colour, migrants, indigenous people, LGTB people, disabled people, workers, the unemployed, housewives and single mothers, as opposed to the history of rich and powerful individuals, kings, queens and politicians’. The collection of podcasts presented here tell the stories of past struggles which still resonate today. Each episode has a ‘Footnotes’ section, which offers links to relevant resources including short videos, articles written at the time, and websites. Events covered so far are: the Grunwick strike of East African and Asian women workers in London 1976-8; The Angry Brigade, Britain’s first urban guerrilla group; Anti-Nazi youth movements in World War II; Workmates: organising with agency workers on London Underground; Industrial Workers of the World in the US, 1905-1918 and 1918-1950s; The West Virginia mine Wars, 1902-1922; The Vietnam War strike wave; Spanish Civil War; The League of Revolutionary Black Workers in Detroit; Women in the Miners strike; Peterloo massacre with Mike Leigh; Women in the early IWW (Industrial Workers of the World Union).

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  4. The New School: Public Programs Express Streaming

    Link
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWhTJDazgMDkZYOw91OyRKf7Zsia1a9Qu
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Art, Economics, Social Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download

    Founded in 1919, the New School university in New York City is a leading academic centre for the development of artists and designers. Amongst its notable alumni there are world-renowned names in the fields of literature, visual arts and performing arts including James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Mario Puzo, Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Walter Matthau, Paul Dano, Ai Weiwei, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs. Via their you tube channel the New School offers the Public Programs Express, which is an ongoing series of interviews with prominent speakers such as Thomas Piketty, bell hooks, Naomi Klein, Ai Weiwei, Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis and Christina Greer. The interviews –so far some 61- are displayed as two-to-five minutes clips or highlights, but can be accessed in their entirety by clicking on the ‘show more’ and then the ‘bonus material’ links.

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  5. BFI Filmography Streaming

    Link
    https://filmography.bfi.org.uk/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Film Studies, Social Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Databases

    Who is the most prolific British female director? Which subjects feature in British horror films? Which countries have co-produced British feature films? These are the kinds of question we can now easily find answers for. After a few years in the making the BFI has finally published an online compilation of UK feature films released to cinemas from the beginning of film history until now. As well as presenting a broad overview of the UK film industry, the BFI have mapped other information onto each of the film titles (e.g. people and companies involved) to enrich and provide unique insights into UK film history. This information should be of interest to film buffs, journalists, researchers, or anyone with an interest in UK film and/or history. It is searchable with shareable data visualisations on a dedicated BFI Filmography web platform or record by record on via the Collections Search.
    The Filmography is a dynamic resource, and the underlying data is constantly being reviewed and updated.

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  6. Health and Safety Executive (HES) Streaming

    Link
    https://www.hse.gov.uk
    Category
    Social Sciences
    Subject
    Law
    Medium
    Film/Video, Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Podcasting, Streaming/Download

    HSE is an independent regulator for work-related health, safety and illness and provides advice and guidance on health and safety legislation. Their website makes available a wide range of free and paid resources. The HSE videos page offers a selection on topics and industries including Agriculture, Business, Construction, Woodworking, Manual handling tasks, Breathing CO2, Mesothelioma, and Getting dermatitis. Audio resources include a Demonstration of Noise Induced Hearing Loss, Talking Leaflets on gas safety, homeworking and occupational health and a compilation of podcasts dating back to 2008 on topics including workplace transport, emerging energy technologies, asbestos, noise and vibration at work, construction inspections and gas safety.

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  7. The London Project Streaming

    Link
    http://londonfilm.bbk.ac.uk/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Film Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Databases

    The London Project is a study of the film business in London, 1894-1914, organised by the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies. One of its major outcomes is a database of information about cinemas and film businesses in London before the First World War. Users can search by name of venue or business (eg, cinema, producer etc.), London borough, address (ie. street name) and classification. The information used to build the database has come from contemporary trade papers and directories, newspapers, local government records, Board of Trade files, memoirs and London borough archives.

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  8. Revisionist History Streaming

    Link
    http://revisionisthistory.com/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Education, History
    Medium
    Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download

    Podcast in ten episodes presented by Malcolm Gladwell, who, in each programmes, revisits an idea, person or event from history, that has been overlooked, forgotten, or misunderstood. Amongst the subjects explored by Gladwell are the inequalities of the American higher education system, an undercover research project undertaken by the Pentagon in Vietnam and Elizabeth Thompson Butler, a 19th century painter.

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  9. White Feather Diaries Streaming

    Link
    http://www.whitefeatherdiaries.org.uk/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
    Subject
    History, Religious Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Organisations, Streaming/Download

    This site is the result of a project undertaken by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) about the conscientious objectors of the First World War. It tells the stories of five young people who opposed World War I and, through diary entries, films, and other contextual material (such as contemporary newspaper stories and the transcripts of tribunals) recounts their experiences from the outbreak of war, to the introduction of conscription and the legislation which recognised conscientious objection. The audiovisual material which accompanies the project include plays, documentaries, audio clips and other useful teaching resources.

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  10. American Radio History Streaming

    Link
    https://www.americanradiohistory.com/index.htm
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Media Studies, Radio Studies
    Type of resource
    Databases, Journals, TV/Radio listings

    This site offers a vast amount of information about broadcasting history, covering (despite the name) television and radio, mainly in the USA and Canada but also venturing as far afield as the UK and Australia. Of particular value to researchers are the wide range of digitised, searchable periodicals and journals which, although the main focus of the site is on the early days of broadcasting also stretch as far as the 21st century. NB. It is not clear to what degree rights have been cleared for some of the material on this site. David Gleason, who maintains the site, operates on a basis of ‘if the owner of the material complains I will take it down’ - rather than seeking permission beforehand.

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