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Michael Arrowsmith
Tuesday 12 March 2019


Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire.

This website, bringing together the collections of the British Film Institute and Imperial War Museum, contains open access to more than 150 films, including many from the Colonial Film Unit, along with contextual essays on films and production companies.

British Council Film Collection

A collection of more than 100 wartime non-fiction films from the British Council.

Associated Press (AP) Archives

Includes an extensive collection of colonial films from the Overseas Film and Television Centre (OFTVC). The website includes detailed synopses.

National Library of Jamaica on YouTube

Includes films from the Jamaica Film Unit.




Colonial Cinema (1942-1954)

Quarterly publication from the Colonial Film Unit. The full run is digitised and available online.

Documentary News Letter (1940-1948)

Founded by filmmaker John Grierson, Documentary News Letter effectively served as an in-house organ for the British documentary movement.

Media History Digital Library

An extensive collection of periodicals and books

Newspaper Archive

Paid site, which includes an extensive run of the Daily Gleaner from Jamaica.

British Newspaper Archive

Paid site, with extensive local newspaper collections from Britain.

UNESCO Digital Archive

An extensive collection of freely-available books and reports from UNESCO.




National Archives, UK

Extensive paper records, including records of the Colonial Office, Central Office of Information and Empire Marketing Board.

British Film Institute (BFI)

Extensive collection of films (some available on BFI Player), periodicals, reports, Special Collections and audio interviews.

Imperial War Museum (IWM)

Includes a wide range of films, photographs and Special Collections.

Grierson Archive, University of Stirling

Includes papers and unpublished manuscripts from John Grierson.

Jamaica Archives

Includes government papers and records.

Ghana Public Records and Archives Administration Department, Accra

Includes correspondence, papers and records relating to film.


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