Media Service Version (2011) NEW
the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust and the work of Mark Turin
and Claire Wheeler, all the interviews are now available for download
in a wide range of formats through the Streaming Media Service of
Cambridge University. We shall preserve our old format in parallel
for the present, and an archive version of all films will continue
to be stored on DSpace, but we see this format as a significant advance.
You can access the alphabetical list of interviews by clicking the
image above. The streaming media version can be accessed by clicking
SMS beside the name
of the interview you wish to see instead of clicking the name as previously.
view the films on this website in the old format
order to see the films you will need to download a recent (free) version
onto your machine. When you select an interview, you will immediately
see a short, fairly low quality, extract, lasting two or three minutes.
you have broadband (i.e. a connection of at least half a megabyte a
second or higher) you can look at the whole interview. You can view
immediately with 'fastload' in a restricted window. Films vary from
20 minutes to three hours in length and are sometimes divided into parts.
You can move from part to part. There is a time-coded summary of the
content of the interview beside the film.
If you want to download the film onto your machine, where the window
can be expanded in size or the film put unto DVD etc., then choose 'download'.
The summary can also be downloaded. The average download time at 1mb
per second is about five minutes. One hour of film in MPEG4 is about
to the collection
interviews were started by Jack Goody in 1982. He arranged for the filming
of seminars by Audrey Richards, Meyer Fortes and M.N.Srinivas. Since
then, with the help of others, and particularly Sarah Harrison, I have
filmed and edited over ninety archival interviews. Having started with
leading anthropologists, my subjects have broadened to include other
social scientists and, recently, biological and physical scientists.We
started by using low-band U-matic tape and the quality is not good.
Later, digital cameras became available and recent films (e.g. Geertz),
were made on a Sony three chip camera using a radio microphone. Mark
Turin managed to transfer films from a variety of formats to DV tapes
and developed the web application. Sarah Harrison has done most of the
later transfers to mp4 and has made the summaries of the interviews.Recently
the advent of a large digital store in Cambridge, DSpace, has made it
possible to mount the collection for the web. This has been done with
the help of Tom de Mulder and Xiaoxiao Yan and financial support from
the British Academy. We have also expanded the interviews from anthropology
to other disciplines and interests. New films
are being added quite frequently. If you know of any that should be
added (either by including here, or by a link) or could help by interviewing
a colleague, please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also please alert me to any errors in the transcripts that accompany
and other "Ancestors": Notes on Setting up a Visual Archive'
(An article written for Anthropology Today in December 2004)
Alan Macfarlane, Cambridge University