Message posted on 18/10/2021

Reviving Marcus Banks's early Haddon database of ethnographic films

Dear all

with the support of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Royal Anthropological Institute I am happy to announce that after a hiatus of more than a decade

Marcus Banks's early  database of ethnographic films "the Haddon catalogue" has been revived and is now searchable once more, accessible on the Silent Time Machine website:

(Please note that the underlying data has not been updated: it is as it was in 1993 when the original project concluded).

Many thanks to Paul Henley and to Rohan Jackson for making this happen


-- David Zeitlyn,

Professor of Social Anthropology (research). ORCID: 0000-0001-5853-7351

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography University of Oxford, 51 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PF, UK. The Virtual Institute of Mambila Studies

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