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Archive Collections at HHC: Audio Visual Material

Guide to material held at Hull History Centre, arranged by theme, creator and document type

“Sounds transferred to a wax or plastic or film or wire can live and vibrate again fifteen minutes or fifty years from now”

Judith C. Waller, Radio: The Fifth Estate 

Audio Visual Material

Research Themes Supported

Hull History Centre holds significant collections of audio and visual material. Such records can aid research into:

  • Publicity
  • Documentary and Short Film Making
  • Everyday Life
  • Parliamentary Speeches
  • Political and Campaign Topics
  • Interviews

Key Information Content of Records

The following are common categories of information which feature in this record type:

  • Promotional footage
  • Propagandist footage
  • Documentary evidence
  • Recordings of events or concerts, etc.
  • Observation of activities associated with people’s lives
  • Interviews with individuals

Where Record Type is Usually Found

This record type commonly survives in the following categories of archival collection:

  • Records of societies and organisations
  • Businesses records
  • Records created by individuals
  • Records created by Members of Parliament
  • Pressure and campaign groups records

Typical formats

Audio visual material comes in various formats, including: VHS and Betamax film footage; audio cassette recordings; reel to reel film, audio and video tracks; digital audio files; digital video files.


Additional Supporting Material

The following secondary literature provides contextual background and useful further information when trying to understand and use this record type:

  • Helen P. Harrison, Audio Visual Archives: A Practical Reader (1997)

Downloadable list of material

The following PDF contains a list of key audio visual material held at HHC.