About the collection
The strength of the Moving Image and Sound Collection lies in its variety of public health information films, surgical training films, and broadcast radio and television programmes. Material in the collection originates from notable organisations and individuals such as:
- Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
- British Medical Association
- Central Office of Information
- Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton
- Scope, formerly the Spastics Society
- Sir Edward and Lady May Mellanby
- Thalidomide Society
- University of London Audio-Visual Unit
- Wellcome Foundation.
We have been digitising selected material from the Moving Image and Sound Collection since 2009. In most cases they are online and freely available to use under a non-commercial Creative Commons licence. These films can be downloaded in .mp4 format. Many films can be viewed on our YouTube channel.
UK universities and colleges may also access the digital videos via JISC MediaHub, where they are available to download as Quicktime (.mov) or Windows Media Video (.wmv) files.
The sound archive includes ‘born-digital’ and older formats such as audio-cassettes and CDs of radio programmes on medical, biomedical and medical-historical topics. Non-broadcasted material includes recordings documenting exhibitions, interviews, lectures, conferences, seminars and symposia, many of which were organised by the Wellcome Trust. Highlights of the collection include:
Accessing the Moving Image and Sound Collection
To limit your research to material from the Moving Image and Sound Collection, select 'Moving Image & Sound' from the drop-down menu in the Library catalogue. This search will show you information about digital and physical materials from the collection.
Physical materials in the collection are held in closed stores, and can be requested through the catalogue to view or listen to in the Library. To save time, we recommend you order audio-visual material from closed stores online, before you visit the Library.
Learn more about request and delivery services in the Library
Some of the moving image collection may only be viewed by appointment. These items are identified as ‘by appointment only’ in the catalogue.
To view 'by appointment only' material, email the Collections team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch our films on YouTube
Limits on availability
Some materials from the Moving Image and Sound Collection are restricted or unavailable, including material containing sensitive personal data.
For information on how the Library assesses the sensitivity of personal data in the Moving Image and Sound Collection, download the policy on Access to personal data within our research collections [PDF 1.85MB].