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

We're continuing to offer a good range of services, including some footage sales, so tell us what you want and we will do what we can.

Manchester Central Library is now open to the public between 9:00 and 20:00 on Monday to Thursday (9:00 and 17:00 on Friday and Saturday).

We are continuing to share with you each day a highlight from the collection through ‘A Film A Day’ on Facebook and #NWFAdailyreel on Twitter.  Please share and enjoy!

And if you’re keeping a video record of your #lockdownlife, we are interested in collecting them for the Archive.  More information here


Seeking your experiences at work and
home during the lockdown

Stay safe!

Upcoming Events

Leigh on Film, Friday 13th August 2pm and 6pm

See our Public Screenings and Events page for more details.

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

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 BBC North West Collection.

A Message HOME.  The Calling Blighty Collection.


Calling Blighty: A Message Home

Help us to find these veterans and their families from the Calling Blighty Films.


Glimpses of Manchester Then and Now

Returning Home



Link to the 'Returning Home' page

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