Video, image and sound resources
If you want to find images, audio or video to help with your teaching, learning or research some of the following resources may be of use - many of them include material specially licensed for educational use in Higher Education, others are freely available websites and collections and some provide details of content which may be available to purchase or find in other libraries / archives.
The content in these resources may be subject to restrictions on how it may be used - check the guidance on the access page for the resource, help pages on freely accessible websites or contact the Multimedia Manager for advice.
- Box of Broadcasts (BoB) - videos of programmes on selected free to air TV channels
- TV programmes - If you would like a copy of a programme aired on terrestrial TV see our guidance on recording broadcasts
Subject / topic based resources
- American History in Video - newsreels covering important events in America from the 1890s to the 1980s
- BFI InView - video clips showing Britain's changing political, economic and social landscape from 1920-2005
- Black Studies in Video - documentaries and interviews covering the African-American experience
- British Pathé - a collection of 85,000 cinema newsreels from British Pathé showing global culture, historical events and news available via Youtube
- Europeana - digitised collection of video, images and sound on European cultural history
- History in Video - a comprehensive source of historical videos
- LGBT Studies in Video - documentaries, interviews and archival footage relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people
- The March of Time - newsreels broadcast in American cinemas from 1935-1951
- Meet the Press - interviews, panels and debates from this long running American show
- Screenonline - video clips from film and television history illustrating twentieth century British social history
- Voices of science - video clips from the British Library exploring life stories in environmental science, British technology and engineering from 1940 to the present
- World History in Video - documentaries covering human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century
- World Newsreels Online 1929-1966 - news films from early twentieth century
Locating videos, broadcasts & films
- BBC Genome - searches across details of BBC television broadcasts from 1923-2009. Based on scanned issues of the Radio Times it provides listings information, programme synopses and cast lists.
- BUFVC Search - cross searches nine online databases relating to film, television and radio content including TV broadcasts, commercially produced films, newsreels, Shakespeare content and independent radio collections
- Moving image gateway - includes over 1,000 websites relating to moving image and sound materials which have been divided into subject categories
- TRILT - database with details of UK TV broadcasts since 1995
- Britannica Image Quest - high resolution images across all subjects for educational use
Subject / topic based resources
- Bridgeman images - available via Credo Reference, a collection of historical images including artworks, architecture, sculpture, illustrations, artefacts and portraits of historical figures (University username and password required)
Tip! Use the "Search within this title" search box to find images in this collection
- British Cartoon Archive - images and other archive material from British cartoonists. Includes materials from the political cartoonist Carl Giles
- British Library images - collection of digitised images from the British Library's historic collections on the photo sharing website Flickr. Free to use, remix and repurpose
- Europeana - Digitised collection of images, sound and video on European cultural history
- Getty Open Content - images from Getty collections which are public domain artworks, free to use, modify and reuse for any purpose
- Internet archive book images - historical images digitised and made available free to use. Hint: Type keywords into the search box and choose "Search Internet archive book images' photostream"
- John Johnson Collection - an archive of printed ephemera, such as posters, handbills and prints from the 19th Century. Including items on entertainment, the book trade, crime, murder and execution and advertising
- JSTOR Global Plants - images of plant specimens and scientific drawings of plants from various herbaria
- Metropolitan Museum of Art - images from the museum's collection of artworks, sculpture, costume, photographs and more. Images marked OASC (Open Access for Scholarly Content) may be used, free of charge, for any scholarly work
- ScienceDirect - you can choose to search for the figures and tables from articles in this full text database. Select the images option in the quick search
- Screenonline - images from film and television history illustrating twentieth century British social history
- Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) - image database of the visual arts, freely available and copyright-cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.
- Xpert media search and attribution service - search for Creative Commons licensed images and download them with the appropriate attribution attached
- BBC Genome - searches across details of BBC radio broadcasts from 1923-2009. Based on scanned issues of the Radio Times it provides listings information, programme synopses and cast lists.
- Box of Broadcasts (BoB) - audio of programmes on selected free to air radio channels
- iTunes U - an app for your mobile device which lets you listen to clips from lectures on a variety of academic subjects from Universities around the world
- Radio programmes - If you would like a copy of a radio programme see our guidance on recording broadcasts
Subject / topic based resources
- British Library Sounds - music, spoken word, and human and natural environments
- Europeana - Digitised collection of sound, images and video on European cultural history
- London Broadcasting Company/Independant Radio audio archive - audio clips from 1973 to the mid-1990s
- Voices of science - audio clips from the British Library exploring life stories in environmental science, British technology and engineering from 1940 to the present
- TRILT - database with details of UK radio broadcasts since 1995
If you'd like to use image and sound from these resources to enhance your teaching in Blackboard, see our guidance on Image and sound resources for use in teaching materials (PDF)
The Library also has DVDs, audio CDs and other multimedia materials. They are shelved with the books and arranged by subject using Call Numbers and most of them can be borrowed - you can find them in the Enterprise catalogue.
- Copyrightuser - guidance on copyright when using images, video and audio for educational purposes
- JISC advice on using digital media in new learning models - includes guidance on images, video and audio
- Intellectual Property training - from the IPO, training on using a literary or artistic work tailored to your subject area
- BUFVC (British Universities Film & Video Council) - body which promotes the production, study and use of moving image, sound and related media in higher education, further education and research