London Community Video Archive

Dowmunt, Tony; Porter, Andy and Webb Ingall, Ed. 2017. London Community Video Archive. [Digital]

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Based at Goldsmiths, University of London, the London Community Video Archive (LCVA) preserves, archives and shares community videos made in the 1970s/80s in London and the South East. Portable video recording — now a technology routinely embodied in smartphones — became available for the very first time back in the early 1970s, making it possible for individuals and communities to make their own television. The medium was taken up by people ignored or under-represented in the mainstream media – tenants on housing estates, community action groups, women, black and minority ethnic groups, youth, gay and lesbian people, and the disabled. With an overriding commitment to social empowerment and to combating exclusion, 'Community Video' dealt with issues which still have a contemporary resonance — housing, play-space, discrimination, youth arts.

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community video, video recording

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


22 June 2017

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27 Feb 2020 12:08

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27 Feb 2020 12:09


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