New DVD recordings

These DVDs are now available for  loan.

Reeds and Cranes, Edo Period (colours on gilded silk)

Kiitsu, Suzuki (1796-1858) – Reeds and Cranes, Edo Period (colours on gilded silk)

Image courtesy of Bridgeman Education

In the shadow of Fujisan – Parts 1-3

1980s three-part documentary series looking at the role of wild animals in Japanese life, art and religion.

Part one – See No Evil: from the earliest of times, the Japanese monkey has been a potent symbol, but will it still have a place in the Japan of the future?

Part two – The Bird of Happiness: The Japanese crane has for years been the symbol of happiness and long-life, but has the living bird a future? 

Part three – Long Live the Turtle: This edition investigates Japan’s exploitation of marine resources, exemplified by the plight of the sea turtle, and gives an insight into a culture very different from that of the west

Rude Britannia  – Parts 1-3

1. A History Most Satirical, Bawdy, Lewd and Offensive. Series begins in the early 18th century and includes a look at the graphic art of Hogarth, Gillray, Rowlandson and Cruikshank, and the theatrical work of John Gay and Henry Fielding.

2. Bawdy Songs and Lewd Photographs. A look at how British traditions of satire, bawdy and lewd humour survived the era of Victorian values and thrived in the first half of the 20th century. The programme examines the moral panic that came with the arrival of photography. The work of early comic book icon Ally Sloper is also examined along with the emerging seaside culture of rudeness with peepshows on the pier and postcardart from Donald McGill.

3. You Never Had It So Rude. Final part of the series shows how a mass democracy of rude emerged in the 1960s revolutions and continues today. It explores the renaissance of rude political cartooning, the comic art of Viz magazine, the theatre of Joe Orton, the radio of Round the Horne and the underground magazine Oz. The history of television is traced from Til Death Us Do Part to Little Britain, and how rude comedy began to be seen as sexist and racist.

The genius of British art – Parts 1-6

“The history of British art is the story of Britain. For centuries, artists have reflected our times and shaped the way we see ourselves. This series presents six passionate polemics on how British art makes us who we are today and gives us a vision of ourselves


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