North West Film Archive
How To Access The Collections
Lancashire Fusiliers, 1915

Sultan of Zanzibar visits Horrockses Mill, Preston 1929

Hindley Family Holiday, Blackpool c1938

Burnley School of Nursing, c1961

Traffic on London Road, Manchester 1972

Jubilee Street Party, Bury 1977
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.

Public Access

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 year.
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.

Higher Education

The NWFA collections support academic teaching and research across a wide range of disciplines.
Manchester Metropolitan University staff and students benefit from priority access services including free reference, viewing and video loans.
These free services are also extended to students at the Granada Centre For Visual Anthropology (University of Manchester) and University of Salford's MA Documentary & Features Production (up to 3 titles maximum).
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 HISTORY: The NWFA provides free viewing and loan services to paid or post-graduate level researchers from any UK university.

Commercial Sector

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 well as regional news programmes in the North West, Granada Reports 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.