Useful External Links
BBC - Arts - Poetry - Outloud
Listen to poets performing their own work, including Seamus Heaney, W. H. Auden, Ogden Nash, Ted Hughes, Les Murray, Lord Tennyson, Stevie Smith, and Simon Armitage.
BBC - BBC Four - Audio Interviews
Listen to interviews from the BBC's archive with actors, architects, broadcasters, cartoonists, composers, dancers, filmmakers, musicians, painters, philosophers, photographers, playwrights, poets, political activists, religious thinkers, scientists, sculptors, sports people, and writers.
Over 25,000 biographies of influential people past and present are collected here on the US Biography Channel's web page.
British Library Sound Archive
The Sound Archive holds over a million discs, 185,000 tapes, and many other sound and video recordings. Search the catalogue with entries for almost two and a half million recordings. Also listen to samples online, and see the 'Drama and Literature' and 'Oral History' collections for famous voices.
Famous Speeches - The History Channel
A vast audio and video collection of speeches drawn from the most famous broadcasts and recordings of the twentieth century. All speeches are downloadable in Real Audio format and are accompanied by a brief biography of the speaker.
This BBC web page presents biographies of important historical figures.
Historical Voices is one of the first fully functional multimedia libraries available online, with links to collections of sound recordings such as US History and Politics Out Loud, a searchable archive of politically significant sound recordings. Historical voices is housed at Michigan State University.
Internet Poetry Archive
The Internet Poetry Archive website is produced at the University of North Carolina. Listen to recordings of readings by poets such as Seamus Heaney and Margaret Walker.
Internet Public Library - Presidents of the United States
In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included.
Listening Booth - The Academy of American Poets
The poets.org Listening Booth includes audio clips of poems featured in the online poetry exhibits and samples from the Academy's Poetry Audio Archive. Listen to readings of their own work by poets including W. H. Auden, e. e. cummings, Robert Graves, Allen Ginsberg, T. S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Ezra Pound, Dylan Thomas, and W. B. Yeats.
Luminarium - Anthology of English Literature
Resources for English literature from 1350 to 1785.
National Portrait Gallery (Australia)
Since 1998, the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra has been collecting portraits of notable Australians. Search and browse the collection online to view images from the collection, accompanied by biographies of the subjects and links to relevant websites.
National Portrait Gallery (UK)
The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect images of famous British men and women. Search the collection and view images online.
National Portrait Gallery (USA)
The National Portrait Gallery houses images of thousands of significant Americans. There are guides to selected highlights from the collection, and portraits of all the presidents in the 'Hall of Presidents'.
The Prime Minister's Office
Official biographies of British Prime Ministers.
ScreenSound collects, preserves and shares Australia's audiovisual history. Digital works in the collection are available for online listening. Search the catalogue of the collection which contains items spanning over 100 years of Australia's film, television, radio, and recorded sound heritage.
Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound
The Archive houses more than 200,000 recordings. Listen to highlights of the collection at the Soundbytes page. Search the entire collection online.
The Victorian Web
Covers British literature, history, and culture during the age of Victoria, plus relevant material related to both earlier and later periods and comparative materials from countries outside the United Kingdom.Video
The White House - Presidents
Official biographies of American Presidents.