British Library Open Day for PhD News & Media Students


The British Library is hosting an Open Day for doctoral students in the fields of news and media on Monday 11 Dec 2017, 10:00 – 16:30.

The British Library is home to a vast array of news and media content across all formats. Their extensive newspaper and magazine collection covers international, national and local publications from the 17th century to the present day.  The British Library sound archive has millions of historic and contemporary recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment. Our online Web Archive provides permanent online access to key UK websites of cultural or scholarly importance, while our onsite Legal Deposit Web Archive has every UK website available since 2013, including news sites. The Reading Rooms provide access to tens of thousands of TV and radio programmes broadcast in the UK since May 2010.  At this event researchers will learn about the full scope of these collections and how to unlock their potential as primary sources.  You will also have an opportunity to meet expert staff and other researchers across a range of disciplines and subject areas.

This event is for first year PhD students who are new to the Library.

Booking details are here:

ITN news

The JISC MediaHub database gives researchers access to 6,300 ITN news clips focusing on UK news coverage: the Miner’s Strike, the Thatcher era, John Major, and Tony Blair, right up to the present day. The ITN collection includes (from 1989) the Sky News archive.  There is access to longer ITV specials, such as the 32 minute programme on the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York. The database also has Channel 4, Channel 5 news, Gaumont British News (1935-1959) and Reuters News.

To access JISC MediaHub logon to the Portal, click on the Learning Resource tab and select it from the Library’s A-Z list of databases.

Search Your Film Archives

Visit the beta site, currently called Search your film archives, which conducts federated searches of regional TV archives, the BFI and Amber films. Although content is often not available, due to copyright restrictions, readers are encouraged to contact the source archive to see if a viewing copy is available. A search for Steptoe, for example, finds catalogue entries for individual episodes with titles and descriptions, a 2008 interview with Galton and Simpson and a 1963 Royal Variety Performance listing Wilfred Brambell and Harry H. Corbett as cast members.

Irish Film & TV Research Online

Irish Film & TV Research Online is a website designed to bring together the wide diversity of research material relating to Irish-made cinema and television as well as to Irish-themed audio-visual representations produced outside of Ireland. It incorporates three searchable databases: Irish Film & Television Index; Irish Film & Television Biographies; and Irish Film & Television Bibliography; and the Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar, an annual conference of film studies’ postgraduate students based in Ireland or engaged in researching Irish material elsewhere. The project is based in the School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin.


ISSUU claims to be the fastest growing digital publishing platform in the world, delivering “exceptional reading experiences of magazines catalogues and newspapers”.  Most researchers will want to consult peer-reviewed academic journals held by UU Library. However, Issuu gives access to other journals which may be of interest to researchers in art, design, fashion, film and photography. There are, for example, sample issues and short archives of Artguide, Chaos, Design Matrix, Le Négatif, Fan the fire magazine(formerly Load), Fotoblur, H magazine, Hole magazine, Humanize, I-fashion magazine, Illustration, LARmagazine, Musetouch visual arts magazine, Perspectives on design, Reflex, Revista foto DNG, PH magazine, Scruplz and Wusik sound magazine.

InView: British History through the lens

InView comprises over 2000 non-fiction and television films selected from the British Film Institute National Archive. Collections include government film, politics, early film, industry and television. For example there is a four minute film of the “Dublin Rebellion”, a BBC Panorama programme “The Troubled Peace” and a short newsreel of a Suffragette march through London in 1915. Many of the films are from Topical Budget, the self-styled “Great British Newsreel”, which ran for almost exactly 20 years, from 1911 to 31. Each film has an introductory essay by an academic historian.