British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

LIMERICK FILM ARCHIVE

Description
Formed in March 1992, to locate and acquire film, video and cinema material of Irish interest, with particular emphasis on items relating to the mid-West region (Limerick and Clare counties). Since its inception, the Archive has been successful in acquiring over 100 film titles (both 35mm and 16mm), over 800 hours of video material, a large file on local and national cinemas (their history, photographs, programmes and related memorabilia, etc.). The Archive also has the largest collection of data and stills on Irish film players in Ireland. All archive holdings were purchased or donated.
Artefact description
Prints and tapes of many Irish and Irish related films that are exclusive to our collection i.e the IFI Archive in Dublin does not have these and we do loan out such film to them and others on request. We also have a number of old 35 and 16mm projectors in our equipment holdings Kalee / Westar / Bell and Howell / Elf / Elmo Shinkyo to name some
Keywords
Ireland; Clare, Ireland; Limerick
Access
All access is by appointment only and we do encourage researchers and film buffs to come visit or email in their requests. We do have 2 or 3 OPEN DAYS in the year and we invite guests to see the collection in our 20 seater cinema. Access for disabled.
Facilities
Viewing on premises. Viewing off premises. Sales. Film to video and video to video transfer facilities. Sales video finding service. (VHS, PAL and NTSC) available.
Charges
Charges for research for broadcast productions. Charges for research for academic purposes. Charges for facilities and handling. Price list available after consultation.
Copyright
Copyright not held on all holdings.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Video/Film
Video: 800 hours. Amateur, documentary, feature films, news and current affairs.
Video components: VHS Video, Beta/Beta-SP, NTSC (American) tapes, DVD, Laserdisc.
Film: 250 hours. 30% colour film, 70% black and white film. Advertising, amateur, documentary, feature films, travelogues.
Film components: Super 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 35mm.

Artefact and Related Documentation Holdings

Cinema
Rewinders; Cinemas; Cinema fittings; Cinema plans and architects’ drawings; Projectors; Projection lenses
Documents
Contracts; Catalogues; Correspondence; Lobby cards; Equipment manuals; Sheet music; Scripts and treatments; Personal papers; Posters and promotional artwork; Photographs; Promotional literature; Ephemera
Film-making
Cine cameras; Editing equipment and viewers; Camera mounts and accessories
Projection & Viewing
Slides; Slide projectors; Slide viewers; Other viewers
Sound
Microphones; Sound mixers and desks; Sound recorders; Sound effects recordings; Microphone stands and mounts (including booms)
Toys & Games
Toys; Video games, computer games
TV, Video & Digital
Television/video cameras; Repair/maintenance; Television monitors; Television receivers; Video recording equipment; Video editing equipment; Vision mixing equipment

Catalogues

Computerised database
None
Printed catalogue
Available, indexed.
Card catalogue
Available, indexed.

Additional Information

Notes
The above mentioned catalogues are basic in design and layout; photocopies can be made available to researchers. A computerised database will be available from summer 2001.
Other information
Large collection of posters, stills, press packs, production notes on the films and videos held, for reference, etc. Large reference library on Irish cinema also, with an ongoing collection on the history of cinemas in Ireland.
Conservation policy
To continue our research and to save as much film and related material from destruction which is still the fate of so much of our film heritage.
Artefact notes
BASIC ALPHABETICALLY SORTED CATALOGUES ON ALL FILM SUBJECTS

Main Contact

Name
Mr. Declan McLoughlin
Job title
Coordinator
Telephone
+353-61-341435. Mobile: 085-7323512.
Fax
+353-61-418552
Email
filmclub@eircom.net
Address
Parkroe
Ardnacrusha
County Clare

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