British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

BUFVC Projects Timeline (1999 – )

  • The BUFVC occupies a unique and long-standing role in the innovative use of ICT in research related to moving image & sound, bridging academia, creative industries and technology. We work in partnership with HEIs to provide specialised project management, consultancy, research and audiovisual digital scholarly resources.

View the benefits members and the wider community have gained from previous research projects in our timeline below:

Project Enriched Playlists

Duration: April – August 2014
Funded by: Jisc

Partner(s): Jisc

Key objectives:

Jisc commissioned BUFVC to carry out research to help Jisc:

  • validate the proposition that enriched playlists of content in Jisc MediaHub will be useful, educational, or adding value in some other way; and have the potential to increase usage of Jisc MediaHub
  • establish the nature of enriched playlists that best address the goals described
  • understand how many enriched playlists it will be suitable to create in a development phase
  • establish a content specification for the enriched playlists


Channel 4 and British film culture

Duration: 2010 – 2014

Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Partner(s): University of Portsmouth and Channel 4 Archive

Key objectives:

  • This AHRC research project assessed the impact of Channel 4 on the UK cinema industry, and more generally British film culture, since its inception in the early 1980s.
  • The BUFVC, working in collaboration with Channel 4 archive, created a fully searchable database of the weekly press information packs that were produced from 1982 to 2002.  The BUFVC has also created a fully contextualised resource around the packs and mapped the programme listings information onto the BUFVC TV and radio listings database TRILT.


Duration: January – December 2013BoB National

Funded by: Jisc

Partner: Jisc, BBC

Key objectives:

  • To provide BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National members in HE and FE with online access to the post-2007 BBC media archive (and some post-1989 media) under the terms and conditions of the ERA licences.
  • To provide new features and  improve the BoB National user experience.
  • The digitisation of post-1989 audio-visual material selected as high priority by an academic panel.

AP UPITN Collection (September 1973)

Duration: September 2011 – July 2013 

Funded by: BUFVC

Partner(s): Associated Press Archive (AP)

Key objectives:

  • Over 300 items from the UPITN collection from September 1973 have been made available to higher and further education as part of News on Screen. This selected content from this global television news agency provides a unique insight into what the agency, and subsequent broadcasters such as ITN, deemed newsworthy. The contextual material highlights the production process as well as a brief history of this news agency and role it played in bringing the news to our screens.


Duration: 2012-2013

Funded by: BUFVC

Partner: British Film Institute

Key objectives:

  • In collaboration with the British Film Institute, the BUFVC added the recently restored stories from the Central Office of Information series Roundabout to the News on Screen database. Over 600 stories were made freely available via the BUFVC player adding a substantial volume of content to existing rich metadata records.


Shared Services Project

Duration: September 2011 – April 2013

Funded by: HEFCE

Key objectives:

  • The BUFVC’s Shared Services Project main aim was to create the richest source of broadcast data for higher and further education by joining up holdings and information from three sources: broadcasters; UK HE & FE institutions (via a Union Catalogue); the BUFVC’s own databases.
  • The project also received funding to procure a new expandable storage system for BoB National, to allow further growth of the service as the number of institutions using the service continues to increase.
  • The BUFVC Audiovisual Citation Guidelines were also produced as part of the Shared Services project.
  • A full overview of the project was published in Viewfinder, March 2012.


News on Screen: OCR, Oral Histories and Ephemera

Duration: August 2011 – June 2012 

Funded by: JISC

Key objectives:


Chronicle: BBC Northern Ireland’s television news from the 60s and 70s

This image may be used only for promotion of this project, please do not reproduce - rights held by the BBC.

This image may be used only for promotion of this project, please do not reproduce – rights held by the BBC

Duration: 2009- 2012

Funded by: JISC, BUFVC and BBC

Partner(s): BBC Archive Development Team, BBC Northern Ireland, the JISC-led Strategic Content Alliance

Key objectives:

  • To provide Authenticated Users (in HE and FE) access to digitised copies of selected BBC news and current affairs material covering Northern Ireland and The Troubles (1963-1976)
  • The digital preservation of news material recorded between 1963 and 1981 on 16mm film and at risk of deterioration.
  • The live service is available on
  • To enable your institution to access this material immediately, please download and sign the sub-licence. Completed sub-licences should be email or returned by post to the BUFVC, 77 Wells Street, London W1T 3QJ (mark the envelope ‘Licensing’). Please remember to include all the contact details and information in the final sheet of the sub-licence.


EUscreen (2009-2012)

Duration: 2009-2012

Funded by: European Commission eContentplus programme

Partner(s): EUscreen consortium (27 partners from 17 EU member states and Switzerland)

Key objectives:

  • Freely accessible multilingual online portal containing more than 30,000 digitised items of programme content (videos, images, text) from over 20 European broadcaster and audio visual archives – visit the EUscreen online portal
  • Publication of Journal of European Television History and Culture, the first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of European television history and culture – EUscreen journal


Consolidated Moving Image and Sound Database Framework

Duration: 2010-2011

Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Partner(s): Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL)

Key outputs:


Film and the Historian 

Duration: 2009-2010

Funded by: Inter University History Film Consortium (IUHFC)

Key outputs:

  • Publication of 16 IUHFC films with key articles within contextualized site for UK HE/FE
  • Link to Film and the Historian


News on Screen and Newsfilm Online Cross-Linking Project 

Duration: 2009-2010

Funded by: Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

Partner(s): EDINA

Key outputs:

  • The most comprehensive database of newsreels and cinemagazines worldwide.  Cross-link digitized newsreel content from Newsfilm Online (NfO) with related metadata records on News on Screen (NoS) enabling user to move from film to context
  • Add 1800 additional records from early silent newsreel Gaumont Graphic to NoS
  • Link to News on Screen


David Lean and Gaumont Sound News 

Duration: 2007-2008

Funded by: David Lean Foundation

Key outputs:

  • Creation of contextualized site, with moving image content, on the history of the early sound newsreel Gaumont Sound News and the role it played in the career of the film director, David Lean
  • Addition of 2000 Gaumont Sound News records to News on Screen
  • Link to David Lean and Gaumont Sound News


UK Screen Heritage Network Project on Moving Image Artefacts 

Duration: 2007-2008

Funded by: Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)

Partner(s): National Media Museum and Screen Archive South East

Key outputs:

Creation of comprehensive online directory of moving image artefacts in the UK published as part of the BUFVC’s Researcher’s Guide to Screen Heritage


International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio 

Duration: 2005-2008

Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Partner(s): The Open University

Key outputs:


Newsfilm Online (NfO)

Duration: 2004-2007

Funded by: JISC

Partner(s): ITN Archive

Key outputs:

Digitise 3,000 hours of newsfilm content, including selected scripts and running orders from ITN Archive for UK HE/FE. Content available through JISC Media Hub.


Cinemagazines and the Projection of Britain 

Duration: 2004-2007

Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Partner(s): The Open University

Key outputs:


Managing Agent and Advisory Service

Duration: 2002-2005

Funded by: JISC

Partner(s): Rights Department of the Open University

Key outputs:

Published over 7,000 items of moving image content from 2,500 productions for download for UK Further and Higher Education now available through JISC Media Hub


Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching (TRILT) 

Duration: 2000-2003

Funded by: JISC as part of the Distributed National Electronic Resource (DNER) 5/99 funding programme

Key outputs:

  • Fully searchable UK television and radio listings database, covering over 300 channels, with over a million records still added annually – link to TRILT
  • Integration with BUFVC’s Off Air Recording Back Up Service – all programmes are now ordered and managed via TRILT


British Universities Newsreel Scripts Project 

Duration: 1999-2003

Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Partner(s): The Open University and British Pathe

Key outputs:


British Universities Newsreel Project 

Duration: 1995-1999

Funded by: Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Key outputs:

  • Creation of computerised database of over 160,000 records from 21 newsreel series from all newsreel issue sheets held on the Slade Film History Register together with biographical information.
  • Cross platform CD-ROM