BBC Dimensions – Using GIS in geography and history

This is brilliant. It opens up so many possibilities for teaching geography and history using maps and GIS – It’s a prototype from the BBC – called Dimensions
About Dimensions
Dimensions is an experimental prototype for the BBC. It is designed to bring home the human scale of events and places in history.
The D-Day landing beaches measured from London to Norfolk in the UK. How far would the Titanic stretch down your street?
Dimensions simply juxtaposes the size of historical events with your home and neighbourhood, overlaying important places, events and things on a satellite view of where you live.
Certain “Dimensions” can be transformed into short walks, so you can get a physical appreciation of the distances involved.
Take a look now via this link

1930s Propaganda films go online

A series of British propaganda films from the 1930s and 1940s have put online for the first time by the British Council.

The films are being uploaded gradually, with the first 13 now available to view, with a further 145 or so being digitalised and uploaded evetually as part of the project.

One of the films online already, shows the 1945 General Election. Filmed in Kettering, it shows the Tory John Profumo standing for re-election.

The films can be viewed here then selecting the ‘digitalised films’ tab on the left of the screen