At a Glance

Producer
British National Archives and the Southeast Grid for Learning
Description

Transform film from a source of entertainment to a piece of historical evidence.

Website

Focus on Film

This site, produced by the British National Archives and the Southeast Grid for Learning, presents film as a historical source and considers its advantages and disadvantages as historical evidence. The site’s introduction walks students through different kinds of films, detailing what to look for in treating film as evidence. It offers a range of archive film clips—all of which can be played on the site or downloaded for use with editing software—as well as a number of interpretations or reenactments, and each clip comes with background information.