After a lot of hard work all around the UK (and especially here in the North West, of course!) there are some new and exciting opportunities being launched which will help everyone to find and to see archive films, many of which are available for the first time. Thanks to an award of £247,000 from SHUK’s Revitalising the Regions strand, the North West Film Archive has digitised a further 80 hours of film and added 400 new titles to the online catalogue – making even more material accessible for education and enjoyment, some of it in amazing HiDef quality. In a collaboration with the WFA Media & Cultural Centre
in Hulme, we have also been able to facilitate the preservation and digitisation of diverse cultural films of the 1980s/90s. Free advice surgeries took place in October and November at the WFA including an illustrated talk and screening by the NWFA on November 3rd.
We’ve provided some real gems to the Reel History of Britain
, which ran on BBC Two during September 2011 - presented by Melvyn Bragg, this 20-part series travelled the length and breadth of Britain to reveal some of the fascinating stories and individuals behind key archive films from the UK’s collections. NWFA had footage in 10 episodes - including this 1915 film of the Accrington Pals
from the WWW1 programme. BBC Learning ran 'Hands on History' events around the region linked to the programme for which we provided lots of films - venues included BBC Radio Lancashire, Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Crosby Plaza and libraries in South Cumbria
And there's more! You can now search our catalogue alongside everyone else’s through the combined facility of Search Your Film Archives
– which brings together information about film from the North West Film Archive, BFI National Archive, English regional film archives and partners across the UK and is funded by the DCMS. The BFI has also built a new storage facility
- securing their collection of the nation’s film heritage for the future.
Delivered by the Screen Heritage UK project: a partnership between the BFI, Screen Yorkshire and English regional film archives, to safeguard the future of the UK’s national and regional film heritage, funded by the DCMS.