Links & Resources

The information on this page is provided for the benefit of researchers and anyone interested in the BEHP; the industries covered by the BEHP; the fields of archiving and heritage collection; or oral history in general. If you are aware of any useful links or resources that should be included on this page, or if you would like your organisation to be listed, please let us know.

Industry websites and resources

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.

BBC Pensioners Association
Protecting the interests of BBC Pensioners.

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).

British Film Studios
This is a list of British film studios, courtesy of Wikipedia.

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.

Colour Group (GB)
The Colour Group (Great Britain), founded in 1940, is an interdisciplinary society that draws together people interested in all aspects of colour - its perception, measurement, reproduction and artistic expression.
TV research and data information.

The Eastman Color Revolution and British Cinema Project
This project investigates the impact of Eastman Color, a film stock introduced by Kodak in the 1950s, on British cinema.

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.

Remembering Rediffusion
A tribute to Rediffusion and the many thousands of staff worldwide who have worked for the organisation 1928-1988.

Script Supervisors UK
This site is the home for a collection of photographs, published articles, information and references celebrating the history and craft of the Script/Continuity Supervisor.

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).

Wembley Park Studios Archive
The website has been created to publicly display much of the archive material that has been collected in connection with the film and television studios in Wembley Park, London, UK. A film about the studios is also available on their website or here.)

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

Other Archive and Oral History Resources

Archives & Records Association
The Archives and Records Association is the lead professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland, providing training, professional help and advice.

Archives for London
Archives for London brings together everyone interested in archives in or about London – users, practitioners and enthusiasts. Through the passion, experience and expertise of our members and guests we help people get more out of the documents, photographs and films that make up our capital’s rich archival heritage.

Community Archives & Heritage Group
The Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG) is a national group which aims to support and promote community archives in the UK & Ireland. We bring together bodies and organisations concerned with community archives, and provide a forum for the regular exchange of views and information.

East Midlands Oral History Archive
The East Midlands Oral History Archive was the first large-scale archive of oral history recordings for Leicestershire & Rutland. This includes the collections of the former Leicester Oral History Archive, the Mantle archive from North West Leicestershire, the Community History archive of Leicester City Libraries, the Market Harborough Museum collection, and the sound archive of BBC Radio Leicester, along with smaller collections donated by local organisations or individuals.

London Metropolitan Archives
London’s archive service, collecting, preserving, celebrating and sharing the stories of London and Londoners and its many communities through collaboration, innovation and learning.

National Archives
The official archive of the UK government and for England and Wales.

Oral History Society
The Oral History Society promotes the collection, preservation and use of recorded memories of the past. As well as offering practical advice and support, the Society aims to raise standards in oral history practices across a range of activities and disciplines. The Society also provides a voice for oral historians advising and collaborating with national organisations and research councils on oral history.

Scottish Oral History Centre
The Scottish Oral History Centre was set up to support the use of oral history within the academic community, archives and museums and has also been involved in a wide range of teaching, research and outreach activities designed primarily to encourage the use of ‘best practice’ oral history methodology in Scotland.

Scottish Oral History Group

Script Supervisors
A collection of photographs, published articles, information and references celebrating the history and craft of the Script/Continuity Supervisor

Academic Research on the History Project (BEHP) and our archives.

Help to Preserve the Real Story of our Cinema and Television Industries: The BECTU History Project and the Construction of British Media History, 1986 – 2010. A paper by Dr.Andrew Dawson (University of Greenwich School of Humanities) and Dr.Sean P Holmes (School of Arts at Brunel University). Published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, September 2012.  The BECTU History Project: A Postscript, was a follow-up paper, by Dr.Andrew Dawson and Dr.Sean Holmes. Published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, September 2012.

BECTU’s journal Stage, Screen and Radio published a feature article on the research in their April/May 2012 issue. (Read the article here.)