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BFI National Archive

Established in 1935, the BFI National Archive holds one of the largest film and television collections in the world. Dating from the earliest days of film to the live capture of current television content, the collection contains nearly a million titles. Using the latest preservation methods, we care for a variety of obsolete formats so that future generations can enjoy the UK’s film heritage.

East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA)

The East Anglian Film Archive is a regional film archive wholly owned by the University of East Anglia. Established in 1976, and part of the University since 1984, EAFA contains a collection of thousands of films and television programmes from 1896 to the present day, including unique collections from Anglia Television, BBC East, and the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers. The collection includes approximately 75,000 catalogue titles and 148,000 physical items in total in the vaults.

Imperial War Museum (IWM)

IWM is the world’s leading authority on conflict and its impact on people’s lives – from the First World War through to the present day. Constantly growing, IWM’s film collection now extends to over 23,000 hours of moving images representing a diverse range of material including public and service information films, documentaries, unedited combat film, official newsreels and amateur films.

London’s Screen Archives (LSA)

London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.

Media Archive for Central England at the University of Lincoln (MACE)

The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.

North East Film Archive (NEFA)

The North East Film Archive collects, preserves and shows film made in, or about the North East of England. Based at Teesside University, NEFA cares for over 35,000 items, that represent the 20th century history of people and places across its region, documenting major changes in employment, industry, traditions, culture, leisure, and the changing landscape and architecture of the North East. Established in 1998, their collection includes large, professionally-made films such as those made by Trade Films and Turners, and television content from Tyne Tees. NEFA merged with the Yorkshire Film Archive (YFA) in 2012 and many of their films are available to watch, free of charge, on their website.

North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan Museum (NWFA)

Established in 1977, North West Film Archive preserves moving images made in or about the North West of England for the education and enjoyment of the region’s people. Thanks to the continued support of Manchester Metropolitan University, and over 1,500 depositors, the NWFA has established a collection which is both regionally specific and internationally significant. There are over 40,000 items in the collection currently, with more acquired annually.

Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive (DFA)

Launched in November 2000, as part of the BFI’s Millennium Project, Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive is a free public access resource containing over 80 hours of film footage spanning 100 years of Northern Irish history from 1897 to 2014. Items in the archive include drama, animation, documentaries, news, newsreels, war-time propaganda, amateur and actuality films. The DFA is used by teachers, students, historians, tourists and anyone with a keen interest in moving images.

Scottish Screen Archive (SSA)

The Scottish Screen Archive was set up in 1976 to find, protect and provide access to Scotland’s moving image heritage and has been part of the Collections Department at the National Library of Scotland since 2007. The archive is a film and video collection of over 100 years of Scotland’s history reflecting 20th-century Scottish social, cultural and industrial history, the lives of ordinary Scots across the generations and the achievements of Scottish filmmakers.

Screen Archive South East (SASE)

Screen Archive South East is a public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. Part of the University of Brighton, the archive’s collections of magic lantern slides, films, video, and associated materials capture the many varied aspects of life, work and creativity from the early days of screen history to the present day and serve as a rich and invaluable historical resource.

South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA)

SWFTA is the regional film archive for the South West of England. It covers an area from Gloucestershire to the Isles of Scilly and is responsible for the conservation, preservation and dissemination of the moving image heritage of this region, working in partnership with other heritage and cultural entities within the region and beyond. Established in 1993, it holds the Westward Television and TSW-Television South West independent television collections, and a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional.

The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales

The NSSAW aims to preserve, promote and celebrate the sound and moving image heritage of Wales and is home to a comprehensive and unrivalled collection of films, television programmes, videos, sound and music recordings relating to Wales and the Welsh. Part of the by National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth, and supported by the Welsh Government, the archive’s collection encompasses every aspect of the culture and life of Wales and its people as chronicled by audio-visual media.

Wessex Film and Sound Archive (WFSA)

Wessex Film and Sound Archive is based at Hampshire Record Office, Winchester. The archive contains over 36,000 film and sound recordings relating to Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, ranging from late Victorian times to the present day, including both amateur and professional material. The collection includes newsreels of local events, military and maritime subjects, amateur footage of life in the region (often not covered by professionals), and research and advertising film produced by local businesses.

Yorkshire Film Archive (YFA)

The Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Based at York St John University, their collections are predominantly non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and provide a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of life, culture, landscape, industry, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on their website. Established in 1988, YFA has grown from a small collection of films discovered through local community programmes to one of the leading heritage organisations in the region. Following a merger in 2012 YFA also manages the collections held by the North East Film Archive (NEFA), as part of its charitable remit.

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