North West Film Archive
Background to the BBC North West Collection
An award of £210,636 was made by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and work started on the three year project in April 2005.

With funding from the AHRC, and with generous support from colleagues at the BBC, this rich resource is now ripe for study and research. Two online catalogues provide information on over 16,000 stories from across the region enabling you to discover television coverage of places, people and events through a simple keyword search - and to catch a tantalising glimpse of some of the gems. So go ahead - and please of it! It will continue to be a work-in-progress as users help us to make improvements.

All 687 regional programmes and nearly 1,000 news stories have been transferred to DigiBeta tape and DVD - making over 220 hours of material accessible. Anyone can view here at the North West Film Archive (please contact us to arrange a time), or material can be loaned to HE users on DVD for study elsewhere. And of course the material is available to BBC productions. Of the 16,000 stories in the BBC collection, around 1,600 (10%) have been transferred, and 160 (1%) have a brief sample clip attached.