Friday, March 30, 2007

Chronicling America

The Library of Congress has just launched Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers which provides access to more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published between 1900 and 1910. The site allows you to search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Access: Free

Other Educated Persons

Charting the development of the East London art scene between 1972 and 1999 this is a collection of interviews with key players, including artists such as Susan Hiller and Richard Wilson, gallerists like Maureen Paley and Robin Klassnick, and people representing organisations such as The Approach, SPACE and Hackney and Tower Hamlets Borough Councils.
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Sounds Familiar

Celebrating the UK's many different accents, dialects and vocabularies, Sounds Familiar is a unique and groundbreaking new interactive website from the British Library. Users will be able to hear recordings of people from all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Sounds Familiar features 72 recordings of regional accents and dialects from every corner of the UK, some recorded in the 1950s and some almost half a century later, in 1998-1999, making it possible for users to explore how spoken English varies regionally and how accents and dialects have changed over time.
In the recordings, the interviewees discuss a huge array of subjects ranging from football to farming, school, work and home life, shopping, computers and much more. The website also includes three case studies with over 600 audio-clips intended that give an in-depth look at three very different varieties of English: Received Pronunciation (RP), Geordie dialect and minority ethnic English.
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Web Biennial

In its third year, The Web Biennial is a Web-only exhibition of Internet art. It is organised by Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, iS.CaM, and curated by Genco Gulan. The current 2007 edition has grown to three virtual 'pavillions', presenting a large amount of contemporary Internet art. Each participating website or project is represented by a link on the Web Biennial website. The 2005 and 2003 exhibitions are also available.
Access: Free


This is a collection of articles relating to the history and the development of radio in the United Kingdom, from the origins of the BBC as a consortium of radio equipment manufacturers, through early experiments with local radio and the beginnings of pirate offshore radio and commercial radio, and the BBC’s response to this.
Access: Free


Misspato is a web portal which catalogues websites by their design and appearance. A showcase for visually-led web design, the branding and promotional sites listed are notable chiefly for their graphic content, offering a rich range of cutting edge of web graphics and experimental user interfaces.
Access: Free

Domestic Interiors Database

This database is the outcome of an AHRC-funded survey of the representation of the domestic interior in Europe and North America since the Renaissance. It includes over 3000 entries, which form a carefully selected group of representations, more extensive in scope than anything previously attempted in the field. Sources are both textual and pictorial including: literature; diaries; correspondence; trade literature; advertisements; inventories; paintings; graphic satire; design books; popular magazines; dolls’ houses, photographs; computer stills and interior design drawings.
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Archive of American Television

This unique resource of first person accounts of television history is a partnership between the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Google. The archive is a diverse range of video interviews (searched via Google Video) with major industry figures, including actors, directors, hosts, producers and scriptwriters. Adopting a user-friendly blog format to give a convenient entry into the online collections of the academy allows a news-led entry to the archive as well as the ability to browse tagged posts thematically (for example by TV show) or by person. Interviews vary in length from two to six hours and are broken up into 30 minute video clips, beginning with the subject’s childhood and influences, examining their career and offering their retrospective thoughts on television and their legacy.
Access: Free

Thursday, March 29, 2007

SCRAN Scribble

SCRAN has launched its social network Scribble where you can read, comment, publish, build communities, and share. It contains blog, communities, profiles, files and comments. Anyone can read Scribble but only Scran users can post, comment and create communities.
Log in to SCRAN with your Athens account, and create a My Stuff profile to access Scribble functions. A flash movie has just been launched to help you get started.
Access: Athens

National Gallery Podcast

As Leon Kossoff's works are moved into place for the current exhibition, curator Colin Wiggins and Kossoff-collaborator Ann Dowker explain the significance of the National Gallery's collection to the artist.
And we turn to Rubens and Joachim Wtewael for beauty tips as lecturer Leslie Primo discusses representations of the body in art.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

COPAC: New Interface

Copac provides combined searching across the catalogues of 24 research libraries in the UK, including Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities.
The Copac web site has been redesigned and fully revised. The new Copac interface offers redesigned screens and a wider range of facilities including new search fields. User guides and RSS feeds for automatic search updates are also available.
Access: Free

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Leonardo and the Engineers of the Renaissance

This web resource is a series of three online exhibitions devoted to the innovations and genius of key Renaissance figures, including Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Brunelleschi and Leon Battista Alberti.
Each exhibition is accessed through a series of icons which lead to a page on the life, work or methodology of the subject, with Windows Media 9 or QuickTime 6 playable files available also for further detail. Sub-headings in the exhibitions include 'Biography', 'Models' and 'Manuscripts', as well as sections on 'Major Achievements' and 'Key figures'. The site includes a huge amount of material, with lists of manuscripts and images of machines, sculptures, models and works of art.
Access: Free

Female Filmworkers in Europe

The Deutsches Filminstitut has launched the catalogue f_films: female filmworkers in europe. The catalogue includes European films largely made by women, focussing on films that are made by female pioneers of the silent movie era and the young European cinema. The catalogue includes 'up-and-coming' female directors and camera women. The catalogue also includes biographies and synopses.
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Spinning The Web

Spinning the Web presents the history of the Lancashire Cotton Industry, using a collection of thousands of items from the libraries, museums and archives of North West England. It is possible to search the collection, and to explore history themes like children and women workers in Victorian times or industrialisation.
The site is arranged into sections. "Overview" provides an account of the period between 1760 (before the factory) to the present day, including materials on major chronological periods. "Places" shows the impact of cotton on villages, towns and cities. "People" covers living and working conditions in the mills, including housing, health and diet, and education. "Industry" comprises materials on the rural and urban settings of the cotton district. "Clothing and Products" covers a century of change in men's, women's and children's fashions and the increasing industrial use of cotton from 18th Century onwards.
Access: Free

HOST: New Media Scotland

HOST is the art server on New Media Scotland's website and provides an online gallery of web-based projects by Scottish and international artists. The website lists the projects and provides information about the artists and their aims alongside their work.
Access: Free

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Magazines and War 1936-1939: Spanish Civil War Print Culture

Magazines and War 1936 - 1939 : Spanish Civil War Print Culture is a virtual exhibition of serial publications and ephemera from this period, based upon an exhibition held in early 2007 at Madrid's Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina SofĂ­a. Here, users can browse in detail 30 different magazines held by the Museo and the Rare Book and Special Collections Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The titles may be browsed by political affiliation, region or theme, and each magazine is accompanied by summary text. Links to related online research resources are provided, as is a detailed description of the original exhibition.
Access: Free


This website is an online resource from the Science Museum, the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, and the National Railway Museum, which together form the National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI).
Over 30,000 objects, images and pictures from the combined collections are accessible via the site, with the aim of 'Celebrating and exploring the many feats of human ingenuity that have shaped our lives'. The site is divided into sections: 'Read', offers articles across a range of subjects, with links to associated images, further readings, biographies and primary source materials; 'Debate' enables online discussions; 'See' has access to more than 30,000 images from the collection of the NMSI; and 'Create' offers the opportunity to build an image library.
Access: Free

Forum: the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts

Forum: the University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts is a peer reviewed journal, aimed primarily at postgraduate students working in arts and culture disciplines. Beginning in Autumn 2005 and with a multi-disciplinary approach to arts and culture, Forum contains articles from across the humanities subjects. The bi-annual publication has a particular theme for each issue.
The website contains abstracts and full-text articles in either HTML or PDF format. The theme of the first issue was 'Origins and Originality' and topics included Post-colonial theory.
Access: Free

Monday, March 19, 2007

University of Portsmouth BA Illustration

The University of Portsmouth’s BA Hons. Illustration offers students the chance to “question, reflect and analyse their own work and its commentary in the context of the work of other film makers, painters, sculptors, writers”. Produced in collaboration with AHDS Visual Arts, this website is an archive of its undergraduate degree exhibitions since 1995.
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Ident discusses the evolution of television station branding, illustrating it with key examples from the history of British public service and independent broadcasting. Articles are illustrated with screen grabs and interviews with people involved in the industry at key moments, and trace the development of TV ‘idents’ from early powerful regional identities like Granada Television through the BBC’s use of the 'globe' to the way children’s programmes have been distinctively branded.
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Intute Subject Guides

Intute has just released new A5 booklets that provide details of some of the most useful Internet resources in particular subjects. PDF versions are available for download.
Access: Free

Friday, March 16, 2007

National Archives: Abolition of the Slave Trade

This online exhibition has been created by the National Archives to serve as an informative resource for the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act. The Act was passed on 25 March 1807, 26 years before the Emancipation Act (1833) which led to the gradual abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire.
The exhibition draws together a range of historical documents and information describing Britain's involvement in slavery and the slave trade, and finally its eventual abolition. This is linked to the extensive records held within The National Archives, including:
  • Slave registers containing personal details of enslaved persons
  • Colonial Office records describing how slavery shaped the history of Britain´s former colonies
  • Records of British African companies describing Britain's early relationships with Africa and the supplying of Africans to the Americas
  • Britain's naval and diplomatic records relating to the suppression of the slave trade

The site contains links to significant collections and other online resources available from The National Archives. 6 new research guides have been produced in collaboration with key experts and interested community leaders. These introduce new researchers to the material on slavery held in The National Archives (as well as other archives) and how they can locate and research it.

Access: Free

Roman Amphorae

Roman Amphorae: A Digital Resource provides information and catalogues on Roman empire amphorae and fabrics. Amphorae were pottery vases used to transport agricultural goods over long distances.
The website features a detailed introductory discussion of the significance of amphorae, along with information on amphora studies and classification. Catalogues of amphorae and the clay from which they were made can be searched alphabetically, or by date or location of production or distribution. The amphora catalogue includes drawings, pictures, and bibliographies.
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SFMOMA Artcast

San Francisco Museum of Modern Arts's March 2007 Artcast spotlights video artist Sylvie Blocher, artists Sarah Cain and Amy Franceschini, and new music from Los Angeles band Hecuba.
Access: Free

Thursday, March 15, 2007

International Journal of Baudrillard Studies

The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies is an inter-disciplinary journal dedicated to exploring the thought and writings of Jean Baudrillard. Articles are invited on any subject that intersects with Baudrillard’s writing. Full-text archives are freely available on the website in the Contents section.
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Intute: Limelight

The new Limelight feature from Intute: Arts and Humanities focuses on ancient performance (such as ritual, dance, theatre, and music), with resources about specific evidence of performances in antiquity and general resources on the study of performances.
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Dreams of a Nation

Dreams of a Nation is a website of resources on Palestinian cinema, offering material for research in media and film, cultural studies and modern history.
An ongoing independent project, Dreams of a Nation details the history of Palestinian filmmaking, with biographies of those involved, as well as synopses of their films and a developing library of secondary criticism. The collection is devoted to work by Palestinians, not material about Palestine by others. Details of all the directors whose work is listed are included under the Filmmakers heading.
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Donna Rutherford

Donna Rutherford is a performance artist who is currently completing a three year AHRC fellowship at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Glasgow School of Art entitled 'Taking the Personal Out of Itself - the development of personal material in a live art context’. Her work, drawing on storytelling, explores the “fine line between what is Personal and Interesting, and what is Personal and Self-indulgent”.
Rutherford’s website includes video documentation of recent work, which includes collaborations with non-performers, alongside an archive of video clips of previous work.
Access: Free