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Arts & Creative Industries Subject Guide: Finding Film, Images and Sound

This is the subject guide for the School of Arts & Creative Industries

Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts  -  a fantastic database of video material for teaching and learning  -  and you get to add to it if you want!

                        Box of Broadcasts welcome image

You can find more information about using BoB on our TV for learning webpage.

More sources of film, images and sound

DVDs and recordings from television

Merchiston library has a large collection of DVDs and some videos which can be borrowed for 7 days.  This includes many feature films - find items using LibrarySearch.

Since 2014 we have been continuing to record extensively from terrestrial TV channels, and the recordings can now be found on the University's Online Video Server:   -

To see the videos it is essential to log in:

  • Log in using the button on the top right-hand side (your standard University log-in details)
  • Click on TV Recordings (on the top left-hand side)

You will see a large range of categories, including cinema, marketing, biological sciences etc. Choose a title from any of these categories and click on it to start the programme.

You can access the online video service on- or off-campus.  

Please note that recordings are made under licence from the Educational Recording Agency (ERA+) for educational purposes only.


Other collections


  • Films from the Home Front- a collection of unique moving images illustrating what life was like for ordinary people in Britain during the Second World War, as seen through amateur documentaries, newsreels, government films, and home movies.
  • Capital Collections- a choice of images from the collections of Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services
  • National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive -  formerly the Scottish Screen Archive, this is Scotland's national moving images collection. It preserves over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video. 1,700 films and clips online.
  • British Pathé - 90,000 historic clips online from one of the oldest media companies in the world
  • Bridgeman Images  Thousands of images from museums and galleries around the world. All images on this site are copyright protected and displayed for reference only. Images may be printed out for reference using Lightboxes.
  • Scholars' Resource - Images for the teaching of art history and related subjects. Thumbnail images can be viewed on the site for many artists.