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Educational Films

Nature volume 140, pages 540541 (25 September 1937) | Download Citation



FROM the British Film Institute we have received three lists, intended for the use of teachers, of about a thousand 16 mm. films: "Geography Teaching and Travel" (about 600), "Science" (400) and "History" (30). Against the title of each is shown its length, whether silent or sound, reference to report, if any, in the Institute's monthly film bulletin, and name and address of distributor. A large majority of the films are silent. Among the sound films are thirty "road-shows" obtainable through Sound-Services, Ltd., which provides a complete projection service in combination with the hire of films. The other sources of supply are very various: camera makers (Kodak, etc.), trade publicity organizations (Australian and Canadian), railway and other travel agencies (L.M.S., Scottish, German, Dutch), firms specializing in educational films such as British Instructional Films, Ltd., Educational Films Bureau, Educational and General Services, Ltd., Gaumont-British Equipment, Ltd., Visual Education, Ltd., and Dance-Kaufmann Technical Films ; also the Empire Film Library, G.P.O. Film Library and the National Film Library of the British Film Institute. Of the science films more than half are classified as zoology ; others as physics and meteorology (72), botany (40), mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, physiology and applied science. The prices, exclusive of postage, are: geography, 6d. ; science, 4d. ; history, nil. The Institute also issues lists of films dealing with agriculture and industry and catalogues of British medical films. The lists should prove useful to teachers, especially those who do not have access to the National Encyclopaedia of Educational Films. The Institute co-operated with the Educational Handwork Association in organizing a Film School, held in the University of London Institute of Education on July 26–August 6, at which there were lectures on the use of the film in school, film making for teachers, technique and manipulation, etc.

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