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General audio-visual resources
Box of Broadcasts National (BoB)
Record and access broadcasts from more than 65 TV and radio channels. Includes an option to create clips. Users can embed content in presentations and Moodle (using BoB links/codes). Note that BOB only permits access from within the UK.
Creative Commons Search
Searches across 12 websites for images and other media that you can use, modify and adapt under the Creative Commons license (CC-BY).
Free to use images (no accreditation required)
A community for sharing photographic images, with varying licences.
Short video talks. Topics covered include science, technology, design, business, culture and global issues
Free to use photographs published under a CC0 licence.
Example of a free photo from Unsplash
(photo by Melissa Askew)
Humanities & Social Sciences
British Cartoon Archive
Over 9,000 images. Under copyright to the creators but the British Cartoon Society will facilitate researchers and mediate with copyright owners
If you register with the British Museum, you can use images that are not covered by current copyright terms, and for a wide range of purposes e.g. images from artists that are either alive or have not yet been dead for a 70 or more years.
POLIS film/tv resources
These include BFI InView
which provides access to non-fiction films illustrating British society.
Includes an oral history collection, sound recordings and images of British life in the 20th century, covering social issues such as disability, ethnicity, families, health, immigration, politics and religion.
Imperial War Museum collections
Photographs, films, videos and sound archives of 20th and 21st century war
Provided by the International Monetary Fund.
Engineering & Design
Architecture & Civil Engineering
Audio-visual resources on the Architecture & Civil Engineering page
British Library Sounds
Sound recordings including public debates, radio, music recordings; art, design and architecture interviews
Casselman Archive of Islamic and Mudejar Spain
Over 4,000 images of architecture, spanning the 7th to 17th centuries
Chemical Engineering screencasts from the University of Colorado Boulder
Videos from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)
Over 100,000 images and learning/teaching resources, in art, architecture, design and media. Authored and selected by subject specialists, and copyright-cleared for learning, teaching and research in the UK
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Contains text and image records on a wide range of topics in the life sciences
Cell Image Library
A public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms
Journal of Visualized Experiments. Peer-reviewed scientific video articles
NASA on the Commons
High quality images of significant historical interest scanned at high resolution in several sizes - collection intended for the media, publishers and the public. You must reference the copyright holder for any images you use in reports or assignments
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Includes the NIX Collection of citations, images, films and videos. Images are generally available for educational purposes but please check the copyright statement relating to each image
National Science Foundation multimedia gallery
Search for images, audio or video. Refine by discipline. Resources are OK to reuse with appropriate credit line
NSF Multimedia Gallery
Explore photos and videos from the National Science Foundation on a variety of scientific subjects
Interactive periodic table from the Royal Society of Chemistry
Periodic table with a short video for each element. A collaboration between journalist Brady Haran and chemists from the University of Nottingham
Resources for Health
A selection of health-specific audio-visual resources