Industry websites and resources that may be of interest to researchers

Alexandra Palace Society
The website of the Alexandra Palace Society. Includes information on the restoration of the Desmond Campbell collection of early TV photographs.

The UK's media and entertainment trade union, covering broadcasting, film, independent production, theatre and the arts, leisure and digital media.

BBC Heritage
Information on BBC history, research and collections.

BBC Memory Bank
The Memory Bank Project (Memories of the BBC) collects online contributions from ex-BBC employees of their career memories, stories and insights of work at the Corporation.

BBC Pebble Mill
Celebrates and documents programme making at BBC Pebble Mill from the building opening in 1971 to being demolished in 2005.

British Cinema and Television Veterans Association (and Veterans Magazine)
The website for the British Cinema and Television Veterans Association and Veterans Magazine.

Website of British Film Institute and National Television Archive.

BKSTS (International Moving Image Society)
The International Moving Image Society otherwise known as the The British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society (BKSTS).

Website for British Universities Film and Video Council, useful online database of moving images, as well as special collections and off-air recording.

BUFVC - Projects Page
British Universities Film and Video Council projects page.
TV research and data information.

Elstree Screen Heritage
The website of the Elstree Screen Heritage archive project.

The trade union representing actors, supporting artists, singers, dancers, stunt performers, stage performers and others.

Information on international projects and professional standards.

FOCAL International
Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries.

The Internet Movie Database is a useful resource on film and television productions, incuding crews and talent.

ITN 1955 Club
Site dedicated to memories of the spirit of ITN; the ITN 1955 Club was formed in 1989.

Musicians Union
The trade union representing musicians working in all sectors of the music industry.

The trade union representing journalists from across the entire span of the media industry including broadcast, print and new media.

TV research and data
The BFI’s encyclopedia of British Film and TV.

Camera, sound and lighting technicians share their memories of the ‘golden age’ of television at the BBC.

TV Ark
An online archive of clips, idents, promos, bumpers, clocks, titles, trailers, ads and more, collected from decades of British television.

TV Studio History
Unofficial history of London’s television studios.

University of East Anglia (UEA)
University of East Anglia film and tv studies research project on HP interviews (available here).

Writers' Guild
The Writers' Guild of Great Britain supports writers across media including books, film, online, radio, theatre, TV and videogames.


British Film Studios

Wikipedia has a useful list here


Academic Research into the History Project

Andrew Dawson (University of Greenwich School of Humanities) and Sean P Holmes‘ (School of Arts at Brunel University) paper Help to Preserve the Real Story of our Cinema and Television Industries: The BECTU History Project and the Construction of British Media History, 1986 – 2010is to be published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television in December 2012 or March 2013. BECTU’s journal Stage, Screen and Radio ran a feature on the research in the April/May 2012 issue. Read the article here.


Additional Links

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