Multimedia E-Resources

Arts on Film Archive

Arts on Film Archive gives on-line access to a large range of films on art produced in the UK since the 1950s, & is a unique record of British & international post-war art, as well as of documentary filmmaking in the UK. Many titles in the collection contain rare material about individual artists, while others offer definitive coverage of their subject. 

Audio Arts

Four hours of online audio recordings from the cassette magazine Audio Arts established by Bill Furlong in 1973. Includes interviews with artists and transcripts recorded between 1973 and 2000. For listening use only. 


BFI InView

Here you will find over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th century to the early 21st. InView is easily searchable, comprehensively catalogued and clearly organised under six main Themes, each with an introductory essay by an academic historian:

  • Education
  • UK Industry and Economy
  • Health
  • Law and Order
  • Environment
  • Immigration, race and equality

Carefully selected from the vast holdings of the BFI National Archive, InView’s Collections capture diverse perspectives on events, developments and debates, and are supported by informative and authoritative commentary by BFI curators and other specialists. Explore and download rarely seen government films, written documents, newsreels, TV documentaries, discussion programmes, parliamentary recordings and much more in an indispensable resource for any study into the recent history of Britain.

BFI Screenonline

Online encyclopaedia of British film and television featuring hundreds of hours of film and television clips from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive. Viewing use only

Black and White Movies

Free to view! Black and White Movies is an almanac of black & white films spanning all classic film genres from the 1910s to 1960s. Search by title, genre, or decade 

Box of Broadcasts

BoB is an off-air recording and broadcast media archive service available to Higher Education Institutions providing access to TV and radio programmes from over 65 'free-to-air' channels using a programme guide and a search option. Option to schedule recordings up to seven days in advance and request programmes broadcast over the previous 30 days.  Search BoB to access other users' recorded programmes. Permanent archive of all broadcast content from nine channels: BBC1 London / BBC2 / BBC4 / ITV London / Channel 4 / More4 / Channel 5 / BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra. Content plays in your web browser with access available both on and off campus.

Go to the BoB homepage and type your University into the Where are you from? box. You will need to register the first time you use BoB, Login with your username & password

For more information or help using BoB email or phone 01326 370454

British Artists' Film & Video Study Collection

Provides links to a variety of websites that give acces to British artists video works including artists' own sites and other online collections. Viewing access only.

British Council Film

British Council Film links UK films and filmmakers to new international audiences, profiling the innovation, diversity & excellence of British films around the world. Discover all the latest on industry news, projects, libraries & archives, as well as directories of festivals & directors, and access to the British Council Film Collection of 140 short films made in the 1940s.

British Library Archival Sound Recordings

Explore 21,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word and human and natural environments from the Archival Sound Recording service. Includes Oral history from British painters, sculptors, photographers and architects. Allows listening and downloading for educational use.

British Pathé

British Pathé Film Archive offers 3,500 hours of film from its digital archives covering news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970. The site offers free preview facilities.


The BUFVC promotes and supports the use of moving images and related media in UK higher and further education, and the use of moving images in research. Site gives access to the Television and Radio Index and the British Universities Newsreel Database.

BUFVC: International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio

An international online database of Shakespeare-related content in film, television, radio and video recordings.

Channel 4 Press Packs

The Channel 4 press packs database offers a unique perspective on twenty years of programming that revolutionised British TV. Find out more about this invaluable resource

Cornwall County Library downloadable e-audio books

A collection of hundreds of titles, including bestsellers and classic works of fiction. Available to download to computer and MP3 players for members of Cornwall County Library

  • Simple 'One Click' download process
  • Download to your PC or MAC and listen on your portable device such as iPod, MP3 player or mobile phone
  • Available 24/7
  • No waiting lists - unlimited availability of titles
  • The loan period for e-audiobooks is 3 weeks
  • FREE to Cornwall library members
  • Over 1000 titles to choose from

Dance in Video

Dance in Video will contain five hundred hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.

Documentary Heaven

Documentary Heaven - a website with documentaries from around the web, all in one place

EU Screen

The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together clips that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries

Film Score Monthly

Website dedicated to the appreciation of film music. Includes online archive.


The Film Network is a portfolio site for filmmakers from around the world. It's where filmmakers and those individuals and organisations that have helped them connect within one another. And it's where they reach out to the industry and the audience worldwide

Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb)

The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb) has the biggest collection of film scripts available anywhere on the web. The site lets you read or download film scripts for free 


LUXONLINE is a web resource for exploring British based artists’ film and video in-depth, including video clip streaming, new writings, past articles and biographies.


Media Plus

A service delivered to the UK higher and further education community in association with Jisc, bringing more than 100,000 videos, images, and sound recordings to your screen.

Naxos Music Library

Comprehensive online collection offering over 1,638,800 tracks of Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. It includes the complete BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine and selected titles of other leading independent labels, with over 1,000 albums added monthly.

Pensado’s Place

Pensado’s Place segments cover include interviews,  technique application, interactive audience participation, speed rounds and more.  Along with location shoots, sweepstakes, gear and career opportunities, thought leader analysis of the challenges and evolution in the audio and music space, Pensado’s place is the tv show for the casual enthusiast up to the long term professional.

Record producer video index

Includes interviews with many legendary music producers and recording engineers such as Trevor Horn or Ken Scott to up and coming producers such as Tristan Ivemy or Sean Genockey.

TAIT: talking about immersive theatre

TAIT is a podcast series about immersive theatre and performance. Dr Joanna Bucknall travels around the UK meeting immersive theatre makers, producers and performers in their natural habitats to chat with them about all things immersive.   Over the course of the podcast series she hopes to give listeners an insight into the thoughts, process and practices of the people driving the phenomenon of immersion in theatre and performance. The series will be published monthly. The first episode went live on the 1st of May 2016.

Tate Online

Searchable database of images of works held at the Tate Gallery, including links to collections held at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives.

TED talks: Dance

A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of dance.

TED talks: Music

These TED Talks -- from maestros, musical virtuosos and the occasional robot -- take you into the world of creating and conducting music.

TED talks: theatre

A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of theatre.

The Macaulay Library

An archive of wildlife sounds and videos for the study of animal behavior and biodiversity, setting the standard for the collection, preservation, and dissemination of natural history recordings since 1929  

The National Archives - Public Information Films

For the first time on The National Archives' website you can view complete public information films from 1945 -2006

Theatre in Video

This resource contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world‘s leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.

TRILT - Television & Radio Index for Learning & Teaching

TRILIT is an extensive online database of UK television and radio programmes including terrestrial, cable, and satellite television (with regional variations), all national and many local radio stations. It features Auto Alerts, a free service which searches the TRILT database on your behalf once a week and emails you the results.


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