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  1. Victorian Film Streaming

    Link
    https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/collection/victorian-film
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Film Studies, History, Media Studies, Social Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download

    An excellent selection of films made over the last years of Queen Victoria’s reign which show how filmmaking was transformed from the pursuit of a handful of showmen, chemists and amateur enthusiasts into a dynamic industry, and from fairground novelty into the greatest entertainment of the age. The films, available for free via the BFI PLayer, have been organised into eight categories: Inventing Film Language, Victoria’s New Media Pioneers, Victorian Entertainment, England Expects, Pomp and Circumstance, The Victorian Street and Victorian Mysteries.

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  2. Witness History Streaming

    Link
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004t1hd
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    History
    Medium
    Film/Video, Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Podcasting, Producers/Broadcasters, Streaming/Download

    A BBC World Service series in which people who lived through moments of history bring a personal perspective to world events. The content is organised into four categories. Episodes available now: this includes over 2,400 programmes of ten minutes each; Podcasts: here the programmes are grouped into Archives which date back to 2010; Collections, which are organised thematically and currently include Iranian History; Black History; African History; Women in History; Soviet History; World War One and Two; Scientific History, Animals Who Made History; Indian History; Cuban History and the Vietnam War; Films, which contains over 250-four-minute clips. The content is truly extraordinary. Some treasures include: South Africa’s first free elections, How organic farming started, the Jamaican Slave rebellion of 1831, The First Digitally-Animated Feature Film, Gays and Lesbians and the British Miners’ Strike, The First Heart Transplant and The First Alzheimer’s Patient.

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  3. Essex Archive Online Streaming

    Link
    https://www.essexarchivesonline.co.uk
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    History, Photography, Social Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video, Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download

    This is the catalogue for the Essex Record Office, which holds not only documents, maps and photographs but also sound recordings and videos. The collections cover oral history; selected items from BBC Essex radio; selections from local hospital TV and talking newspapers; videos of local interest, including many from the East Anglian Film Archive; dialect recordings; and recordings of music performed by local musicians, including a major collection of folk music and folk dance drawn from Essex sources. The site also offers well-produced user guidelines to four registers: family, house, vehicles and electoral rolls. Official registers are excellent avenues into researching many aspects of local history and culture but their records can sometimes be difficult to understand, so the tips on how to search and how to make sense of the results are very useful. The advanced search tool can be used to narrow results to one type of material only (e.g. audiovisual). To watch the moving image and sound holdings an account needs to be created, and registration is free.

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  4. A Brief History of Mathematics Streaming

    Link
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00srz5b
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    History, Mathematics
    Medium
    Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Podcasting, Streaming/Download

    Is mathematics the driving force behind modern science? In this BBC podcast series, Professor Marcus du Sautoy shows how mathematic finds a role in the real world. For example, an astronaut and an investment analyst explain the power of calculus; in another episode, it is explained how a solution to an eighteenth century mathematical conundrum paved the way to the search engines we use in internet. Each episode lasts 15 minutes and they are available indefinitely.

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  5. 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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  6. Disable Britain on Film Streaming

    Link
    https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/collection/disabled-britain-on-film
    Subject
    Film Studies, History, Media Studies, Social Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download

    A free collection of over 170 films on BFI Player exploring the representation of disabled people in film over the last century from across the UK. Highlights include: Artificial Limbs (1916), Zero Hour (1928), Y Gwr O Gwr Yr Aran (1978), Ian Dury (1983), Hands Solo (2009), Trapped Rhythms (2016) and The Maske (2017). The collection has been grouped into five themes: Care or Cure?, Body Politic, Fundraising and Charity, Up Close and Personal, and Nothing About Us Without Us.

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  7. Historical Figures Streaming

    Link
    https://www.parcast.com/history/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    History
    Medium
    Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Podcasting, Streaming/Download

    Entertaining podcast which aims to bring history to life by telling unexpected anecdotes, describing the real personalities behind big names, and examining each individual’s lasting impact on the world. Remarkable lives covered so far include, among others, Albert Einstein, Marco Polo, Leonardo Davinci, Karl Marx, Marie Curie, Copernicus, Adam Smith, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Galileo, Thomas Edison, Frida Khalo, Robin Williams and Gregor Mendel. New episodes are added every other Wednesday, with each typically lasting between 45 and 60 minutes.

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  8. 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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  9. Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine (1861-5) Streaming

    Link
    http://cottonfaminepoetry.exeter.ac.uk/database/index.html
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    History, Literature
    Medium
    Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums

    This is a unique database of poems written in response to the Lancashire Cotton Famine of 1861-65. Many of the poems are by the mill workers most affected by the famine and are written in the Lancashire dialect. The poems, published by the local newspapers of that time, are presented here with a commentary, audio recitations and musical performances which draw directly from them. This is an ongoing project of special interest for literary scholars and historians. There are some 100 poems collated so far, of which some are of a high quality, according to Dr Simon Rennie. For example, a Work, Lads, and Think by wool sorter Williffe Cunliam. The database can be searched by date, publisher and place of publication.

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  10. India Unboxed Streaming

    Link
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoEBu2Q8ia_Plr7aQ7Twml69cRSfKI_3S
    Category
    Arts and Humanities
    Subject
    Astronomy, Botany, Ethnology, Geology, History
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download

    Among the many millions of objects held across Cambridge University’s eight museums, Botanic Garden, Centre for South Asian Studies, and University Library, are a huge number of wonders related to the world’s largest democracy: India.
    India Unboxed is a collection of eight short films telling the stories behind some of these objects. The videos, which are available via Cambridge University’s Youtube Channel, were created as part of a year-long celebration across the University and city of Cambridge to mark the UK–India Year of Culture 2017.

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