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Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary video collection that supports the entire range of subjects taught at the University of Bolton. 

It includes over 70,000 streaming video titles including documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, and demonstrations. You will find thousands of award-winning films, including Academy®, Emmy®, and Peabody® winners as well as newly released films and previously unavailable archival material.

You will also find video content from Academic Video Online by searching Discover@Bolton. Run a search and filter your results to Streaming Video. The majority of results will be from the Academic Video Online platform. 

Featured Films for Windrush Day

A selection of films and documentaries to link in with Windrush Day. Follow UoB Student Life on social media for details of Windrush Day events at the University of Bolton.

 You can find many more relevant titles on history and social issues by searching or browsing the Academic Video Online platform. 

Historian David Olusoga

Africa and Britain: A Forgotten History

Africa and Britain: A Forgotten History re-tells the story of black people in the UK and – to do so – award-winning historian David Olusoga travels to the United States, Jamaica, South Africa, and Sierra Leone. African people have been a crucial part of British history for 2,000 years. Find out where their story really began.

Black History Month documentary still showing a female interviewee

Black History Month

Why is Black History Month important? This short documentary provides a snapshot into the history of Black History Month. Listen to Ben Browne, Pawlet Brookes, Bernard Francis, Philip Herbert, Louise Katerega, Robert Lee, Carol Leeming, Boston Williams and Freedom Tariq Zampaladus as they share their thoughts and memories. The film discusses the shaping and making of Black History Month and its relevance today.

Musician Mellow Baku singing

A Very Brit(ish) Voice

A Very Brit(ish) Voice is an award-winning documentary film that explores the stories of Caribbean people who travelled to the UK between 1948 and 1971 and settled in Leicester. The film tells these stories through the words of seven otherwise ‘missing voices’ and reflects their experiences in the community. With contributions from Dennis ‘Sugar’ Christopher, Nelista Cuffy, Elaine Hinds, Robert Lee, Pearl Ricketts, Boston Williams and musical storytelling from Mellow Baku; the film captures the experiences of the Windrush Generation and that of the present generation in their own words.

Activist Wilson Trew

Black Power: A British Story of Resistance

An examination of the Black Power movement in the late 1960s in the UK, surveying both the individuals and the cultural forces that defined the era. At the heart of the documentary is a series of astonishing interviews with past activists, many of whom are speaking for the first time about what it was really like to be involved in the British Black Power movement, bringing to life one of the key cultural revolutions in the history of the nation.

Roy Hackett

Post-War Britain: Immigration

Part of four lesson starters for teachers that illustrate different aspects of immigration to Britain since 1945. In the episode Race Relations ,Roy Hackett describes moving to Britain from Jamaica in the 1950s. He was central to the Bristol bus boycott of 1963 that became a lightning rod for anger at racial discrimination at the time. 

Still from Fighting for King and Empire

Fighting for King and Empire: Britain's Caribbean Heroes

During World War Two, thousands of black volunteers from the Caribbean joined the fight against Nazi Germany. Their contribution to the war effort is often overlooked. They risked their lives for King and Empire and in the process they became more determined than ever to fight for racial equality. The presence of black servicemen and women in Britain was the beginning of Britain’s multicultural society as it stands today. In this compelling and insightful film, veterans tell their vivid wartime stories and describe their experiences in Britain of the 1940s and afterwards.

Visit the Content and Channels page for more featured titles, and details of how to search and browse content on Academic Video Online. 

The Library also provides access to a range of subject-specific video packages. See our Video Resources guide for more details.

Not got the video content you are looking for? Contact your Academic Librarian or use our Contact Us form

Academic Video Online for Academic Staff

This recorded webinar from Ali Nazari-Nouri at ProQuest provides an overview of the Academic Video Online platform for use in teaching and learning.