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Britain’s history goes online

A new site featuring 200 years of Britain's history has just launched, promising to be useful to historical filmmakers. Vision of Britain was created with funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as part of a program to offer free access to academic research and resources to a wider audience of users. The type of information that is accessible through this portal is facts about locations and life in Britain such as historic boundary maps, land use surveys, unemployment and wage records, a library of British travel writing and parliamentary election results. The project is an initiative of the Great Britain Historial GIS, based at the University of Portsmouth.
July 9, 2009

A new site featuring 200 years of Britain’s history has just launched, promising to be useful to historical filmmakers. Vision of Britain was created with funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as part of a program to offer free access to academic research and resources to a wider audience of users. The type of information that is accessible through this portal is facts about locations and life in Britain such as historic boundary maps, land use surveys, unemployment and wage records, a library of British travel writing and parliamentary election results. The project is an initiative of the Great Britain Historial GIS, based at the University of Portsmouth.

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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