Images E-Resources

Arts On Film Archive

Arts on Film Archive offers on-line access to a large range of films and moving images on art produced in the United Kingdom since the 1950s, and is a unique record of British and international post-war art, as well as of documentary film-making in the UK. Many titles in the collection contain rare material about individual artists. The archive is an invaluable primary research resource for a wide range of scholars in arts and humanities. The archive offers a complete database and an on-line video streaming of all 450 films made by the film department of Arts Council England between 1953 and 1998 and several films produced till 2003 by the dance Department of ACE.

Go to site, click on Film Archive Search and logon (You will need VLC Media Player installed on your PC) – any problems use Google Chrome to access

BFI Screenonline

BFI Screenonline is an online encyclopaedia and is the single most extensive publicly available resource devoted to British film and television. The site is supplemented by rich and authoritative contextual material by expert writers, specially commissioned for BFI Screenonline alongside thousands of stills, posters and press books.
Video and audio material can only be viewed in the University

Bloomsbury Design Library

A resource for students, academics and researchers in Visual Arts and Design which provides coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day. This database offers cross-searchable access to a broad range of reference works, e-books, images, designer pages, and exhibition collections. Reference works include the landmark, 3-volume Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, World History of Design - a multi-volume work by eminent design historian, Victor Margolin, 17 online exclusive articles from the Encyclopedia of Asian Design, and The Encyclopedia of East Asian Design, the first comprehensive publication to focus on East Asian design and its histories

Bloomsbury Fashion Photography Archive

The Fashion Photography Archive is a fully searchable and meticulously indexed resource, containing 750,000 high-quality runway, backstage and street style images that have never before been published online. These include: international runway shows from the 1970s until 2000, including key designers such as McQueen, Gaultier, Westwood, Chalayan, Galliano and more; rare backstage and front row shots from fashion shows of the past forty years; and, street-style images from fashion cities around the world

BoB : On Demand TV And Radio For Education

Shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for education institutions. BoB enables all staff and students in subscribing institutions to choose and record any broadcast programme from over 65 free to air TV and radio channels

(initial registration required where you need to enter your university email address)

Bridgeman Education

Online image database providing unlimited access to over 1.2m images, all copyright cleared for educational use by institutions, teachers, lecturers, librarians and students. Bridgeman Art Library represents over 1,600 museums, galleries and private collections, and over 30,000 artists. The comprehensive and eclectic range of images spans the curriculum, providing invaluable visual teaching and learning material on a variety of subjects, including:  fine art, history, geography, politics, sociology, antiquity, literature and theatre, science and medicine, religion and philosophy

For further information see the User Manual or the Subjects Guide

Britain At Work : Voices From The Workplace 1945-1995

The experiences of working people through interviews, images and documents, recording some of the most important events in recent labour history

Chronicle :BBC Northern Ireland’s Television News From The 60s And 70s

The audio-visual archives of the BBC contain a wealth of material gathered since it was founded in the 1920’s but it remains largely inaccessible. ‘Chronicle’ has made part of that archive available to UK higher and further education by digitising hours of content from the BBC Northern Ireland’s vaults. The digitised material will allow users to explore events over a 7 year time period (1969-1976) of Northern Ireland’s history, delivering a contextual experience from a political, historical and cultural perspective.

(Click on “Sign in” then select London Metropolitan University in the” Where are you from?” box and you should be directed to your university login).

Digimap Ordnance Survey Data Collection

Digimap is a collection (requires registration for fist time use) of maps at scales from 1:1,250 up to 1:750,000 available for making maps online of for download. Additional products include post codes, administrative boundaries, a gazetteer of place names and digital terrain models.
Due to some problems with anti-virus software if you find the maps do not load in the mapping application please ensure that Digimap is added to the list of trusted sites within the Security settings of your chosen browser.

Historic digimap

This online database offers a range of historical mapping from the Ordnance Survey. County, National and Town maps at various scales are offered dating from 1843 to the mid 1990s. Requires registration for first time use.

Historical texts

Historical Texts brings together four historically significant collections for the first time: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection and the UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL). The UK Medical Heritage Library and British Library 19th Century collections are freely available to London Met staff and students. The UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) contains the images and full text of over 66,000 19th Century European medical publications. The visualisations are available on a separate platform. And the British Library’s 19th century collection contains over 65,000 recently digitised editions, comprising over 25 million pages of previously rare and inaccessible titles

To search within the collections go to Advanced Search and limit your search to either the UK Medical Heritage Library or the British Library 19th Century collection

John Johnson Collection: An Archive Of Printed Ephemera

An Archive of Printed Ephemera. The facsimiles of printed material covers the period from 18th to the early 20th century.  The archive includes advertising and topographical images, early photographic portraits, material related to the book trade, crime and entertainment.

Klimt02 Art Jewellery

This subscription web site,  examines all aspects of contemporary and art jewellery design. Includes online image galleries, articles, forums for debate, and information on designers, exhibitions, awards and jewellery courses.

Landmap Project

Contributed Landsat Satellite Mapping Data.


What is MINIM-UK? The project aims to provide a new online database of historic instruments that will allow the public to find out about 20,000 individual instruments held in more than 100 musical instrument collections in the UK


BFI Screenonline is an online encyclopaedia of British film and television featuring hundreds of hours of film and television clips from the vast collections of the BFI National Archive, and several hours of recorded interviews with film and TV personalities. It is the single most extensive publicly available resource devoted to British film and television.
Video and audio material can only be viewed in the University.

UK Medical Heritage Library

The UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) contains the images and full text of over 66,000 19th Century European medical publications. The visualisations are available on a separate platform

Union Makes Us Strong

This is an online library of images relating to the history of the trade union movement. It also contains a number of digitised and fully searchable historical resources such as the TUC Annual Congress report 1868-1968.

Visual Arts Data Service

A collection of over 100,000 images. The image resources are free and copyright cleared for use in UK Higher Education. The database covers advertising, architecture, art history, crafts, design, dress, fashion, fine art, graphic design, industrial design, jewellery, painting, photography, posters, public monuments, textiles, sculpture, shoes, stained glass. Featuring: African and Asian Art, The Design Council Archives, Imperial War Museum Spanish Civil War Posters, Parker Collection of Furniture, Paul Trevor East End of London Photography Archive, Russian Visual Arts, Women’s Library Suffrage Banners.

WGSN (Worth Global Style Network)

WGSN an online news and information service for the fashion and style industries including fashion forecasting, company profiles and news items on e-commerce, finance, advertising and marketing

Winning Equal Pay : The Value Of Women’s Work

Filmed interviews with women who fought for and won equal pay, hundreds of digitised images and documents from the TUC Library Collections, plus contributions from historians and other experts

Workers’ War : Home Front Recalled

To record and commemorate the role played by trade unions and workers on the Home Front during the Second World War, this learning resource holds an exhibition of hundreds of digitised images and documents, oral testimony from those who worked on the Home Front during the war and contributions from historians