Please check if this link to IWM works...

Discussion in 'General' started by RosyRedd, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    When I click on this link the Victor Newham interview doesn't play, unlike others in the list. Could some of you please check the link and let me know if it is just this end please?

    IWM interview | Imperial War Museums
  2. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron


    I found the same problem, that is the Newham recording failed to open

  3. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Thanks very much for trying that out Ron. Much appreciated :)

  4. Mathsmal

    Mathsmal Senior Member

    Same for me - in fact a number of them don't seem to work.

    I am not sure the new site is an improvement to be honest...
  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I'm confused - where's the playback facility for this?

    The style may look different but isn't this is much the same information as presented in the old site to describe what is in the archives.

    Just checking - so are all audio files now available to hear, or is this just a catalogue listing ?
  6. jacksun

    jacksun Senior Member

  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi All,

    Hebridean Chindit highlighted some of these audio recording links last week.

    I find that not all work. Also some reels within indivivdual recordings do not seem to be available. Early days I would say.:unsure:
  8. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Thanks very much all for checking. I'll send the IWM a message and see if there are plans to make these interviews available on the site or not. I didn't know if it was just at this end though as one of the audio files that did work wouldn't play again later on.
  9. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    I was halfway through downloading all the B5000 (June)-B10000 (August) pics when they changed the site and I notice that some of the images vanished in the cross over. They had 800 of the 5000 I was interested in on the site.
    Also a lot of the 'Collection Search' photos are not there (not the 'Image Sales' photos) though a description is-I presume work in progress.
    What I am doing is making my own folder of the B Series Normandy pics because I reckoned I had about half of the 5000 taken June to August 1944 and I wanted the thumbnails as ' numbered markers' to be replaced by higher quality scanned ones from my books.
    Although all modern books have the B number (a condition now?) the bulk of my books have no B number so I am having to search high and low to try and find them. So far I am up to 1300 and am pretty sure I can top 2000.
    It is quite a suprise to me how a limited pool of photos keep getting used whilst much better ones rarely see daylight.
    If anyone has already done it help needed...........
  10. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    With regard to audio I noticed the same thing which leads me to believe that some interviews have been digitized and are available while others are not. For example this one came through loud and clear for me way over here on the other side of the pond the first time I tried.

    Clifford Norbury, 6th Airborne HQ Staff

    Today for some reason it is taking forever to load and it seems to be in some kind of streaming protocol as it doesn't show up anywhere on my hd.

    I noticed if you right click on an image you get an embed link. Would the embed function work on WW2Talk? Hopefully their servers are robust enough to handle all the extra traffic that would entail.
  11. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Hi, Cee.
    Our servers can handle a lot, or so I'm told.
    But I'm afraid it's HTML embedding the IWM are using, and I'm not going to re-allow HTML in posts as it's an easy route in for hackers.

    Sorry about that,

    (Though I did notice that "For non-commercial purposes you are very welcome to embed this image on your website using the following code and keeping the attribution statement intact:" thing the other day; reads like the Bundesarchiv's 'use the photos for non-commercial stuff, but keep all the info in place' so maybe it'd be OK to attach/photobucket as long as the info is retained. I don't know...)
  12. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Ok thanks for that A.

    m kenny as far as I can see the IWM no longer attaches the catalogue number to any image downloaded be it mid, standard or large size. There is the CacheViewer add-on for Firefox that lets you grab jpegs in bulk. It would be best to start with an empty cache. Once the IWM pulls up all the pages for the search term used you click through each of them. In CacheViewer you search using "jpg" and save the lot to a folder.

    But like I said it is to no avail as they get named mid-1.jpg, mid-2.jpg, etc. You have the thumbnails, but not the proper name as they use to do of old.

    Someone may have a better idea (and hopefully I'm on the right track on what you are trying to do)?
  13. RosyRedd

    RosyRedd Senior Member

    Received a reply from IWM today:

    Hi Julie,

    Thank you for your email regarding audio files in our collections. Some of the interviews in our collections have not been digitised. As there is no digital version of these files as yet, we are unable to stream them from our website as we have done with other interviews...

    For any currently not online, the details to make an appointment to listen to them at the IWM can be found here:

    Our Research Facilities | Imperial War Museums

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