This site is a collaborative project between the British Film Institute, the Imperial War Museum, the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, and the University College of London and Birkbeck. It has detailed information on over 6,000 moving images (films) from throughout the British Empire. You can view in their entirety 150 films, and the team has created critical notes to accompany an additional 350 moving images.
The site allows you to search for films by country, date, topic, or keyword. The database contains films from 1895 to 1997. Geographically, it is strongest in Africa and India. However, it does have films from Australia/New Zealand, Canada, and the Caribbean also.
What to Know:
- The website requires Flash to work properly.
- There is not an easy way to see which films are available for viewing and which just contain a synopsis.
I am currently an Adjunct Professor of History at Lynchburg College in Virginia. I received my PhD in Modern British History from Florida State University in 2016. My research explores the way in which competing definitions of masculinity influenced army reform in the mid-nineteenth century. Civilians called for moral reforms; however, they were constantly hampered by politician and military officials' financial concerns. This work offers a number of interventions in the current historiography by exploring issues of corporal punishment, soldiers' sexuality, military suicide, and soldiers' families.