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LONDON FILM ARCHIVE

Description
In 1996 the trustees of the London Film Archive became aware that while most of the major parts of Great Britain were served by a regional film archive, Greater London had no film repository and local film focus of its own. Accordingly, the Archive was constituted as a Charity and policy drawn up. As with most other regional archives, the aims of the Trust are to collect, preserve and make accessible moving image materials that document life in the city, since the first films of 1895 to the present day. Filmic images of London are so rich and varied, a source of visual intensity in streets and landmarks and people and communities, and the Archive’s holdings will aim to reflect that diversity. With an emphasis on documentary films, both professional and amateur, the archive attempts to illustrate the social and economic changes of the capital, as well as encapsulating London’s position as a major centre for the sciences and the arts.
Website
http://www.londonfilmarchive.org
Keywords
London; Politics; Banking; Markets; Thames River
Access
By appointment.
Access for outsiders
Yes
Facilities
VHS viewing 16mm/35mm Steenbecks.
Charges
Usually £50 per half day.
Copyright
Copyright held on some films, other require some clearances.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Books
Over 5,000 reference books.
Design
Especially animation cells.
Equipment
Projectors, cameras, pre-cinema toys.
Ephemera
Press books, souvenirs, brochures, pamphlets.
Journals
About 50 titles.
Manuscripts
Movie scripts and production notes.
Masters
5,000 master negatives and master positives.
Music
Very extensive 78rpm collection. Music scores also.
Newspapers
Illustrated London News.
Posters
A collection of about 1,000 posters.
Sound
Sound interviews with film directors.
Still Images
About 10,000 production stills and stills of London from 1850.
Video/Film
VHS viewing copies available of all holdings.

Catalogues

Computerised database
Searchable database online from December 2000.
Online catalogue
Yes. from December 2000.
Printed catalogue
Limited printed catalogue by subject.
Card catalogue
Old card index still retained as it is the most complete record of the collection.

Main Contact

Name
Mr. Robert Dewar
Job title
Archivist
Telephone
020 7923 4074
Fax
020 7241 4929
Email
info@londonfilmarchive.org
Address
78 Mildmay Park
Newington Green
London
N1 4PR

Alternate Contact

Name
Ms Amanda Huntley
Email
films@huntleyarchives.com

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