North West Film Archive

Welcome to the North West Film Archive, the professionally recognised public home for the moving image heritage of the North West of England.

Manchester Central Library  Archives Plus


After all the careful planning and preparation we have moved to our fantastic new home in Manchester Central Library as part of Archives+. There are still a few things to sort out before we can resume all the normal services, so please bear with us, and we'll be up and running very soon. Meanwhile, pay us a visit in Archives+ and watch some films in our cool Viewing Pods, and in the BFI Mediatheque – there's a huge variety for all tastes and interests.

Take a look at our FREE iPhone App - Manchester Time Machine.

You can search the NWFA online catalogue of over 5,800 titles [for best results use Safari, Google Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser when searching our collections].

See the programme of NWFA public screenings.
Check out the What's On page for the latest news and events.

Set up in 1977, the Archive preserves moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria and offers a variety of access services to users in the public, academic and commercial sectors.

The NWFA is part of Library Services Special Collections at Manchester Metropolitan University.