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Digitising the video collection

We have turned more old VHS formatted tapes of television documentaries into new DVDs. A selection of 21 titles is currently on display in Howard Gardens library and includes the following:

A history of art in three colours – Gold. Blue. White

3 x 60min programme.  Dr James Fox explores how, in the hands of artists, the colours gold, blue and white have stirred our emotions, changed the way we behave and even altered the course of history.


Tim Marlow on : Rubens

Art expert Tim Marlow takes viewers on a tour of London’s National Gallery’s ‘Rubens: A Master in the Making’ exhibition.  It tells the remarkable story of Rubens’ dramatic ascension from working as a pupil of a minor Antwerp artists, to becoming the dominant international painter of his time. 


Horizon: Out of control?

We all like to think we are in control of our lives – of what we feel and what we think.  But scientists are now discovering this is often simply an illusion.  Surprising experiments are revealing that what you think you do and what you actually do can be very different. Your unconscious mind is often calling the shots, influencing the decision you make, from what you eat to who you fall in love with.  If you think you are really in control of your life, you may have to think again.



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Digitising the video collection, the work continues…


Image courtesy of Stock Footage.

Slowly but surely we are working our way through the videotape collection of television documentaries broadcast over the past three decades and turning the lovely old VHS formatted tapes into shiny new DVDs.

Some treasures of the collection recently digitised and currently on display in the library are listed below. Click on the title to be taken to the item’s catalogue record where you can see what the programme is about in more detail and reserve it to borrow once it is removed from the display.

If you would like your favourite television documentary from within the collection moved up the queue then please ask a member of Howard Gardens Library staff.


Tunick, Spencer – Naked states


Real sex : Black strip shows

Vile bodies

Panorama : the dollar a day dress

One foot in the Festival of Britain

Light fantastic / Parts 1-4. Presented by Simon Schaffer

Raiders of the human body. Part 3, Fragonard the obscure

Human face transplant : an Equinox special

Tales of tools

Blood on the carpet. Blood, sweat and Sears

Art Transpennine

The South Bank Show : Dumas and Stehli

Brand new bra

Naked / Parts 1-4

Philosophy : a guide to happiness

Portreadau : Iwan Bala

How gay sex changed the world

Mark Lawson talks to Tracey Emin

Andy Warhol: the complete picture

Dance for the camera

Body of water: Eight dance films about water


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Burlington – electronic access

Burlington magazine is now available to view electronically.  Follow the links on the E Journals A-Z list here to take you to recent issues.  Archived journals from 1903 up to 2006 can also be accessed through JSTOR Arts & Sciences Archive Collection.

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Vogue Archive

Please make a little time to check out a fashion database we have for a month’s trial until the end of May.

• It is called The Vogue Archive and comprises all the pages of all the American Vogue US edition from 1892-present as a fully searchable database.

• Images are reproduced in high-resolution colour page by page.

• More than 400,000 pages are included, constituting a treasure trove of the work from the greatest designers, photographers, stylists and illustrators of the 20th and 21st centuries.

• Vogue is a unique record of American and international popular culture that extends beyond fashion.

Key Subject Areas are

• Fashion

• Journalism

• Media and culture

• Photography

• Popular culture

• Textiles

Let Catherine Drake or Jenny Godfrey know what you think of it and whether it would be of use to courses here at Cardiff Met.

Here is the link.

(Image courtesy of Bridgeman Education )


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