Websites

Websites

British Pathe. Digitised versions of nearly 50 Secrets films, available to view on their site.

The Bioscope. Silent cinema blog by Luke McKernan packed with useful information. The site is no longer active, but remains a treasure trove of information.

Charles Urban. Another excellent website by Luke McKernan, this time about Charles Urban, who produced some of the first popular scientific films in Britain, with the collaboration of F. Percy Smith and F. Martin Duncan. See also Luke’s website and blog.

BFI Screenonline. A comprehensive database of film and TV history. The BFI also produced a DVD featuring several Secrets films, which includes an informative booklet with articles on individual films.

Minute Bodies. Website of the 2016 film directed by Stuart Staples, with soundtrack by Tindersticks accompanying original footage by F. Percy Smith.

Colonial Film Database. Part of an extensive research project into the history of colonial film, includes useful information about Gaumont-British Instructional’s involvement in imperial propaganda.

The Queckett Microscopical Club. Amateur microscopy club, of which F. Percy Smith was an active member. Currently, they run a number of citizen science projects, which anyone can become involved in.

Selection of films by Jean Painlevé, French scientific cinematographer renowned for his underwater photography active from the 1920s to 1970s.

British Entertainment History Project. A large collection of oral histories, many of them transcribed. Several of these refer to the main figures behind the Secrets of Nature series.

Learning on Screen. Organisation focussing on educational uses of moving image and sound media. They publish Viewfinder magazine.

Domitor Journals Project. International collaboration that collates online archives of cinema-related journals and periodicals from around the world, most of them freely available. An excellent resource for anyone interested in the history of cinema. Led by Michael Cowan and Patrick Ellis.

Women Film Pioneers Project. Online resource on women’s involvement in film production during the silent era.

The Roaring Twenties. Interactive map by Princeton scholar Emily Thompson, allowing users to explore the sounds of 1920s New York City in historical context. This partly inspired the design of the Secrets of Nature map.

Sound and Science. Online resource on acoustics, sound and science, created by the Max Planck Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics”.

LUCERNA: The Magic Lantern Web Resource. Excellent resource and database relating to the history of magic lantern projection. Important to remember that the exhibition of Secrets of Nature films overlapped with magic lantern lecturing in the early twentieth century.

MERL. The Museum of English Rural life in Reading have a large collection of agricultural films of relevance to the context in which the Secrets of Nature films were produced.

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