Film/ Moving Image Collections
Ethnographic Video Online
Search, locate and access a major collection of over 400 key 20th century ethnographic films . The resource covers all regions of the world and features the work of many influential anthropologists and documentary film makers. A large number of the films have transcripts, educational notes and transcripts.You can even create your own film clips! They include extensive coverage of African regions.
JISC MediaHub service
Provides access to photographs and films online. Choose the UK Federation Login. Features include Reuters and ITN news coverage of African stories, photographs of African leaders. Covers the 20th and 21st centuries.
A good free database is the Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire.website. This provides details on thousands of historic films showing images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 films are available for viewing online. Holdings are taken from the colections of major Uk research institutes such as the Imperial war Museum and BFI
Use these to locate still photographs, prints and drawings.
Africa Through a Lens
Maintained by the UK National Archives. It provides free access to thousands of Colonial Office images of Africa taken from 1860-1960. They include many informal shots of the people as well as landscapes and events. The photos themselves are on open access via the Flickr photosharing site.
The National Archives supporting website has some useful guides for researchers on researching on researching historic African records.
JISC MediaHub service
Provides access to photographs and films online. Choose the UK Federation Login. Features includes Reuters and ITN news stories about Africa, photographs of African leaders. Covers the 20th and 21st centuries.
Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African Photographs 1860-1960
This forms part of the collection of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, NorthWestern University. The digital library provides free access to over 7,000 photographs assembled by the British collector Humphrey Winterton which document the life and development of the peoples and nations of East Africa during this period. They include photographs of native peoples and races; the travels of European explorers, traders and colonialists, the development of the British Empire and urbanisation.
Royal Geographical Society Picture Library
Browse thousands of images from the World famous RGS library. Coverage strongest in terms of exploration and travel. They include both historic and current photographs from approximately 1837 onwards. Highlights of the African colections include Sir Harry Johnston (1858-1927) portraits from the famous colonial administrator, geographer and anthropologist.