About the film archive
Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
A look at the facilities and character of Oxford University, and the varied experiences that are associated with studying there.
The university city
'For more than seven hundred years Oxford has existed as a centre of learning and culture. But it is not only a city of the past, loving and caring for its great traditions; it is also a city of the present and the future. its streets are thronged with the young men and women who one day will provide Britain's scholars, scientists, and statesmen. In the university, students from far off parts of the Empire, rich men's sons, and scholarship winners from Britain's industrial areas share alike the knowledge and culture offered by the university.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1941)
All films are subject to the Creative Commons licence guidelines.
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