Tuesday, December 09, 2008

British Cabinet Papers

This YouTube video introduces British Cabinet Papers.

The National Archives has just launched Cabinet Papers 1915-1977, providing free online access to more than 60 years’ worth of cabinet papers. Users are able to keyword search the entire content of each record, while education tools – including interactive maps and images – help users engage with the records and understand the way they influenced people’s lives over the years. The HE section of the site covers more than 100 topics written by historians and peer-reviewed by leading academics.
Link: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/
Access: Free

British Cartoon Archive

This YouTube video introduces the British Cartoon Archive.

The largest collection of British social and political cartoons went live on the 6th of November. Over 120,000 images from the British Cartoon Archive based at the University of Kent are available, including work by over 250 leading cartoonists including work by Giles, Ralph Steadman, Martin Rowson and Steve Bell.
Link: http://www.cartoons.ac.uk/
Access: Free

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

This YouTube video introduces the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera.

The John Johnson Collection: An Archive of Printed Ephemera is now available to all GSA students, researchers and staff through your Athens account. The resource provides access to about 65,000 items of printed ephemera. Housed in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the John Johnson Collection is widely recognised as one of the most important collections of printed ephemera in the world and generally regarded as the most significant single collection of ephemera in the UK. It was assembled by John de Monins Johnson (1882-1956), Printer to the University, who was visionary in his preservation of Britain's vulnerable paper heritage. It contains a high proportion of unique material, which has remained largely hidden to scholars and researchers. Collections include:
  • Nineteenth-Century Entertainment including theatre material and non-theatrical entertainment material.
  • The Booktrade - including publishing material (e.g. prospectuses of books and journals) and bookplates.
  • Popular Prints - including landscapes, architecture, artistic works and topography.
  • Crime, Murders, and Executions - a mixture of single sheets and pamphlets that afford unique insights into the judicial system and its punishments.
  • Advertising - including social and economic history, popular culture, trades and industries, and typographic design.
Link: http://johnjohnson.chadwyck.co.uk/home.do
Access: Athens

NewsFilm Online

The Library now has a subscription to NewsFilm Online. This YouTube video introduces this new resource, which all GSA students and staff have access to via an Athens account.

NewsFilm Online offers access to over 3,000 hours of downloadable television news and cinema newsreels, selected from the huge ITN/Reuters Television archives. Delivered online in high quality format, this resource is a gateway of unmatched richness to one hundred years of news. Users can watch and download over 50,000 clips, including significant historical events such as the Crystal Palace fire, or the first interview with Nelson Mandela. In addition to the video clips, resources such as running orders and scripts, images, background on news footage, and learning and teaching tools are available.
Link: http://www.nfo.ac.uk
Access: Athens

Monday, December 08, 2008

Cabinet Papers 1915-1977

The National Archives has just launched Cabinet Papers 1915-1977, providing free online access to more than 60 years’ worth of cabinet papers. Users are able to keyword search the entire content of each record, while education tools – including interactive maps and images – help users engage with the records and understand the way they influenced people’s lives over the years. The HE section of the site covers more than 100 topics written by historians and peer-reviewed by leading academics.

Link: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/

Access: Free

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Catalan Children's Illustration


Una ma de Contes is an online archive of an illustrated children’s television program from Catalan television. In each episode a children’s tale is narrated while on screen it is painted, drawn, modelled or collaged by different illustrators or artists. The archive is organized by technique, title, artist.
Link: http://www.unamadecontes.cat/
Access: Free

Monday, December 01, 2008

British Academy Lectures

The British Academy was founded in 1902. It is a leading learned society for study and research in the humanities and social sciences. This section of its website provides free access to a selection of audio recordings of its public lectures. Topics covered by these are wide ranging including discussion on classical music, literature, philosophy, contemporary politics, history, culture and identity. They include British Academy annual lectures; British Academy/British Psychological Society Annual Lecture; Isaiah Berlin Lectures; Keynes Lecture in Economics;Elie Kedourie Memorial Lectures; Copyright and technical information is displayed on the website. Materials date from approximately 2003 onwards.
Link: http://britac.studyserve.com/home/default.asp
Access: Free