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LIVING HISTORY
MULTI-MEDIA ARCHIVES 

AUDIO PHOTO AND MOVIE RECORDS


By the end of the World War 2 the strength of the Fleet Air Arm was 72,000 officers and men and 56 air stations all over the world. Much was recorded for posterity by the photographers, radiomen, newspaper reporters and film cameramen of the time, and thousands of the Veterans who were actually there are still alive to tell the tale. Yet many of the personal tales never go beyond the fireside or bar, and most of the films now lies dormant in dusty archives. 

 

The following pages aim to bring some of our wartime history to life using a range of multi-media approaches and tools that are available to internet.  You will be able to hear the actual voices of veterans as they recollect their participation in significant periods of history, as well as to see or hear clips from wartime archives.

These pages are in their infancy and it is hoped that eventually there will be a full inter-active multi-media approach to the whole of the Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945, and lift the annals of our Naval aviation history out of the dusty pages of history books directly into our everyday lives.

To date there is extremely limited on-line multi-media information as is reflected here. Watch this space as more information becomes readily available. The information to date is divided into the following:
 

Online Archive and Research Databases

Online Living History Sound Clips 

Online Living History Movie Clips 
 
 

ORAL HISTORY
The Veterans Remember
Biographies and Interviews 
Sound Archives and audio clips
HISTORIC IMAGES
Historic movie clips
Naval Aviation movie list


MEDIA
Radio and TV documentaries
Video, CD Rom/online archives
Painting galleries
Photograph galleries
Travel

 

ORAL HISTORY

We are perhaps extremely lucky in terms of oral or tape recorded accounts from the past, largely due to the foresight of the BBC and of the Imperial War Museum

BBC Education and oral history

 


The Veterans Remember

Derek Foster sound clip -  Telegraphist / Air Gunner Derek Foster (Fleet Air Arm) Trained as a Telegraphist Air Gunner, Derek Foster's first posting was with 825 Squadron aboard HMS Vindex in the North Atlantic, searching for German submarines. Later, in the Far East, Foster served on HMS Victorious attacking Japanese islands as well as the mainland

Click here for the audio clip. His collection is in the Second World War Experience Centre

Radio 1940

Radio 1940 is a FREE daily audio broadcast detailing the news of the Battle of Britain as it happened 60 years ago to the day and, in conjunction with the Royal Air Force's excellent Battle of Britain website, provides a comprehensive daily record of The Few as they fought to save their homeland from invasion.

Remembering the Battle of Britain:
Sights and sounds BBC News Online has delved into the BBC Archives for eyewitness accounts of the day when war broke out.

Immediately the air raid siren sounded
Battle of Britain fighter pilots recollect

Canadian Veterans Recollect

    • Wartime experiences of a Wartime TAG "Bill West" who served with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm as a Telegraphist Air Gunner (TAG), a forerunner occupation of the present day AES OP

FAA Armourers recollections

 


Biographies and Interviews

History channel Speech archive - Hear the Words that Changed the World
http://www.historychannel.com/speeches/archive.html

BBC Archives
Access to BBC sound recordings is via the National Sound Archive.The NSA is part of the British Library and will arrange appointments for anyone in possession of a British Library pass.


HISTORIC IMAGES

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BBC Archives
Access to BBC sound recordings is via the National Sound Archive.The NSA is part of the British Library and will arrange appointments for anyone in possession of a British Library pass.

BBC Online News

British Movietione News- A single search will interrogate the databases of British Movietone News, TV-am News and the Henderson Collection, together covering the years 1896-1991. All material has been preserved onto digital tape and can be accessed instantly.

British Pathe- Pathe News
This database contains nearly half a million records describing details from over 10,000 Newsreels & Cinemagazines produced by British Pathe between 1896 & 1970.

IMDB


National Film and Television Archive - Bfi Collections (which includes the National Film and Television Archive) is the largest collection of films and television titles in Europe.

Newsreel Project (BUFVC) database: database of British Newsreel production between 1910 and 1979. It contains 160,000 records from 21 newsreels and cinemagazines, and is designed to make information on the newsreels available for academic research.

·  search the databases

Public Motion Picture Research Centers and Film Archives
http://lcweb.loc.gov/film/arch.html

Vintage Film Home page
Includes numereous films with Fleet Air Arm connection


WPA FILM LIBRARY
This database gives you access to over 400,000 records


 

Historic movie clips

FAA Archive Page on Movie clip trailers 
from Wright Brothers’ Plane to Liberation

 

NAVY NEWS CINEMA 

Welcome to Navy News Cinema, a guide to movies having to do with the navy - any navy -either as a framework for fiction, as a setting for the recreation of historical events or simply as recorded reality, captured by newsreel and documentary cameras.


Sound Archives and audio clips

 

FAA Archive Page on Sound Clip Trailers

from Adolph Hitler in 1938 to VJ-Day Announcements and Celebrations


    • Radio News - a web site dedicated to events that shaped our lives; that became a part of us simply by our listening. Radio was there reporting on these events.

Naval Aviation movie list

 

 


MEDIA

BBC History 2000

 

Radio and TV documentaries

·  Specialist TV And Film Services

  • History Projects

·  The Canadian Military Heritage Project This site is dedicated to presenting Canadian military history ~ the wars, uprisings and conflicts in which Canadians participated. Our goal is to preserve the records and memories of Canadians who served their country, and to ensure that their sacrifices are not forgotten. Through the Canadian Military Heritage Project we hope to maintain the tradition of remembrance and to foster pride in our military heritage. Our pages will provide historical background for each conflict, chronological timelines, statistics, battles, weaponry, uniforms & equipment, famous Canadians, biographies of soldiers, heroes and their stories, contributions of women, other countries who participated, muster rolls for conflicts before 1900, Letters Home (from soldiers at the front), music and poetry, guest authors' submissions, links to other online resources, and Research Libraries.

BBC Archives
Access to BBC sound recordings is via the National Sound Archive.The NSA is part of the British Library and will arrange appointments for anyone in possession of a British Library pass.

BBC Online News

British Movietione News- A single search will interrogate the databases of British Movietone News, TV-am News and the Henderson Collection, together covering the years 1896-1991. All material has been preserved onto digital tape and can be accessed instantly.

British Pathe- Pathe News
This database contains nearly half a million records describing details from over 10,000 Newsreels & Cinemagazines produced by British Pathe between 1896 & 1970.



Video, CD Rom and online archives

Online Archive and Research Databases

The International Federation of Film Archives.
The IWM Film and Video Archive, which is among the oldest film archives in the world, is one of two full members in the UK. The Keeper of the IWM Film Archive is currently Secretary-General of FIAF.

"LIVESIGHTS." This link takes you to a live video camera which has been installed, in conjunction with The Imperial War Museum, on the jetty leading to HMS Belfast on the River Thames near Tower Bridge.

WPA Film Library:This database gives you access to over 400,000 records from the archives of the WPA Film Library - a lot of footage

Ships and Men of the Royal Navy: A series of 11videos for sale showing the ships of the Royal Navy from the 1930's to the end of World War Two. Naval Video Time Capsules Produced by Roland R Smith. 

PART 1 - BATTLESHIPS AT WAR 1941/1942
PART 2 - BRITANNIA GOES TO WAR 
PART 3 - 'CLOSE UP! FOR ACTION STATIONS 
PART 4 - COLOUR CAMERA AT SEA WW2
PART 5 - TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH 
PART 6 - PERILOUS WATERS
PART 7 - THE HAZARDS OF RUSSIAN CONVOYS
PART 8 - THE GREAT ARMADA - OPERATION TORCH
PART 9 - D-DAY REFLECTIONS OF OPERATION NEPTUNE
PART 10 - THE BRITISH PACIFIC/EAST INDIES FLEETS
          PHASE 1
PART 11 - BRITISH PACIFIC/EAST INDIES FLEETS - PHASE
          2

Telephone/Fax (44) 023 9243 5920 
 Anglotern Ltd,   3 Bryher Island, Port Solent, Hampshire, PO6 4UE, UK

SEASONED SAILORS CANADA'S NAVAL HERITAGE IN VIDEO The Recollections of a few of the many Outstanding Survivors from Canada's Wartime Navy. Eg CATALOG OF VIDEOS RELEASED UP TO DATE SET 4 No.1 Commodore G.C. Edwards Ted Edwards is a fine raconteur retelling with fascinating freshness, the early times of World War II when he joined the RCNVR in Montreal. He and 24 other “Acting-Temporary-Probationary” Sublieutenants are soon off to England - and are firmly indoctrinated by the Royal Navy’s finest disciplinarians, the legendary “Gunners Mates”. His first sea experience comes defending coastal convoys through the English Channel after which, he starts pilot training in England and later Canada. Next comes operational training in Swordfish Torpedo Bombers the “Workhorses of the Fleet”, which he describes as being almost a World War I aircraft. Ted would have preferred to have filled this interview with colourful stories but the interviewer insists on bringing him back to the serious aspects of his wartime experiences. Almost reluctantly, Ted provides a few details of some really chilling moments. However he prefers to keep it light - while not leaving any doubt of the dangers of wartime flying from small carriers. The video is laced with movie footage of the times and many of Ted’s own photographs. Filmed at his residence in Ottawa in May 1997 and interviewed by fellow naval aviator Patrick Whitby, this is a fast moving and entertaining 54 minutes.


Painting galleries

Art database search

The Visual Arts Data Service is implementing a searchable on-linearchive of digital resources for use by the visual arts community (especially higher education) for teaching, learning and research. A selection of 2000 images from the IWM Art Collection is available online.

Ship lovers page

An A-Z of Aircraft Profiles by FAUCONBERG AEROGRAPHICS.

Squadron Prints The well known and highly acclaimed series of aircraft and ship lithographic prints, are recognised as the definitive form of orthographic aviation art. "Landings" to date.


Photograph galleries

Air Britain Photograph library

Airliners.net Over 110,000 photos online!  Biggest in the World!

British Aviation Photograph Collection The A.J. Jackson Collection consists of a library, document collection and photographic archive, containing almost 30,000 negatives and several tens of thousands of prints. Including A-Z of BRITISH MILITARY AIRCRAFT NEGATIVE INDEX PAGE

CANADIAN AVIATION ARTISTS ASSOCIATION GALLERY


Swordfish Augusta Raid August 1940 painting by C McHugh

FAA Photograph archive

New Zealand Kiwi Aircraft Images.

NavSource Photo Archives Over 4,000 photos of US Navy surface combatants (offsite link) including aircraft carriers

PHOTOVAULT AVIATION Museum Naval Aviation
Volume 01 & 02, Images by Wernher Krutein and PHOTOVAULT

Photovault naval aviation photos

RAF Picture Library

Royal Australian Navy Photo Library

Ships - n - planes - website with WW2 naval aviation photos

WRIGHT & LOGAN COLLECTION
RN Museum, Portsmouth, became the official owners of the Wright & Logan ships collection and it is believed that prints will be made commercially available in the near future.


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GENERAL WEBSITE ON LIVING HISTORY
 
 

Teach with movies:

Teach with Movies is a website: that introduces children to: major events of history; great achievements of civilization; extraordinary men and women who have shaped our world; works of music, dance, drama, literature and the visual arts; and ethical, social, and cultural issues facing children as they mature. Learning Guides to each recommended film describe the benefits of the movie, possible problems, and helpful background. Discussion questions, bridges to reading, projects and links to the internet are also provided. Topics of relevance include Aviation and Space Exploration , Biography and World History/Other Cultures 



Created: 3-04-2001, Last Modified 3-06-2005


 

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