North West Film Archive
Depositing Film and Video
The North West Film Archive will not be able to accept new collections for consideration from January 2013, due to intensive preparations for moving into new premises at Manchester Central Library as a partner in the exciting new Archives+ initiative.  We are still very interested in hearing about your collection though, so if you can let us have as many details as possible at, or on 0161 247 3097, we will log your details and get back in touch when we have re-opened in March 2014 (or sooner, if we can).  Sorry for any inconvenience.

The Archive is interested in acquiring film or video footage featuring people, places, events and activities in Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria. The Archive collects material on any subject illustrating life in the region - this could be newsreel from the 1920s, home movies of local events in the 1960s or a corporate video from the 1990s. Footage reflecting the cultural diversity of the region is a particular priority , as are other examples of less common footage including political activity, everyday domestic interiors, and rural life.

Once inspected by specialised staff and acquired by the Archive, all material is stored in our world class temperature and humidity-controlled vaults ensuring its preservation for future generations. In return, the Archive is able to provide donors with a DVD copy, free of charge. Copyright remains with original copyright holder (who is not necessarily the donor) and is not transferred to the Archive, unless under special circumstances.

The North West Film Archive is a part of the Library Service of the Manchester Metropolitan University.