The Archive offers a variety of access services to users
in the public, academic and commercial sectors.
If you are interested in using the collections please take a
moment to browse
the NWFA's Film & Video Catalogue
- you can make
an enquiry by contacting a
member of staff
Users who are able to visit the NWFA's new home at Manchester Central Library can enjoy free access to over 500 titles from the collections by booking time in one of the new Viewing Pods
on the Ground Floor. Bookings are made on-site.
Local residents and groups can take advantage of the
NWFA's free research, viewing and loan services. Users may
be researching their family history, planning a social
event, creating a community display, or simply interested in
finding out more about the region's heritage through moving
images. Film shows
are presented around the region during
The educational and learning potential of the Archive's
collections is widely recognised - from the availability of
dedicated resource packs for classroom use in primary and
secondary schools, to special screenings for 'Over 50s'
clubs and the University of the 3rd Age.
NWFA footage is used to illustrate and illuminate
exhibitions in museums, galleries and libraries. Subsidised
fees apply to arts, heritage and library partners in the
region - please call us to discuss your needs.
The NWFA collections support academic teaching and
research across a wide range of disciplines.
University staff and students benefit from priority
access services including free reference, viewing and video
These free services are also extended to students at the
Granada Centre For Visual
Anthropology (University of Manchester)
University of Salford's MA Documentary
& Features Production
(up to 3 titles
Media production students at other North West higher
education institutions can also benefit from these services
at no charge if shooting original contemporary North West
footage of interest to the NWFA.
Modest service charges apply to all other higher
education users - please call us to discuss your needs.
RESEARCHERS OF 20TH CENTURY BRITISH
: The NWFA provides free viewing and loan services
to paid or post-graduate level researchers from any UK
The Archive has over thirty years' experience in
providing a commercial service to television companies both
in the UK and abroad. North West Film Archive footage has
appeared in hundreds of broadcasts, including The One Show, Reel History of Britain, Great British Railway Journeys, 100 Greatest Toys, Mixed Race Britain, The Rise and Fall of the Grammar School, 1960 Year of the North, Britain's Greatest Codebreaker, The Toys That Made Christmas
and The Betty Driver Story,
as regional news programmes in the North West, Granada
and North West Tonight.
Non-broadcast enquiries (corporate videos, home use
videos and DVDs) also welcome.
We'd be happy to discuss your requirements based on our rate card which is available for download here