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NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM FILM ARCHIVE


The ship-rigged yacht ‘Joseph Conrad’, 1882. (photo copyright of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwhich / Alan Villiers Collection)
Description
National archive built up over the past fifty years. The collection grew from education requirements and gifts of special material as well as the Museum’s involvement with productions for broadcast television. Varied archive of maritime related film.

The National Maritime Museum holds a fascinating collection of over 1500 documented films dating back to 1910. These provide a rich insight into Britain’s relationship with the sea. There are also some unique views of coastal resorts and ports both at home and abroad at the start of the 20th century.
Artefact description
Alan Villiers collection.
Website
http://www.nmm.ac.uk/server/show/conWebDoc.1319/viewpage/l
Keywords
Africa; Archaeology; World War II; Advertising films; Fishing industries; Amateur films; India; Deep sea fisheries; Latin America; Pacific Islands; Sailing ships; Tugs, river transport; Underwater archaeology
Access
Access available. Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00. By appointment through the Picture Library at the Museum.
Facilities
Viewing on premises. Films can be viewed with a minimum of 48 hours notice. Some VHS copies are available on a hire basis. Viewing facilities: Steenbeck.
Charges
Charges for research for broadcast productions. Charges for research for academic purposes. Charges for other services. A price list is available upon request. There is a charge for viewing and processing reproductions.
Copyright
Copyright resides with 3rd party in main but National Maritime Museum has permission of many copyright holders to release the material on their behalf. Copyright advice available.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Video/Film
Video: 200 reels/cassettes. The collection comprises all facets of maritime heritage of Great Britain and the sea. Advertising, amateur, documentary, feature films, news and current affairs, science and education, maritime.
Video components: VHS Video, Beta/Beta-SP.
Film: 1,500 cans. The collection comprises all facets of maritime heritage of Great Britain and the sea. 30% colour film, 70% black and white film. Advertising, amateur, documentary, feature films, news and current affairs, science and education.
Film components: 16mm, positive film.

Artefact and Related Documentation Holdings

Film-making
For use by NMM staff; Editing equipment and viewers

Catalogues

Computerised database
Listing of titles available on NMM website. Also very basic catalogue available via cardbox system
Printed catalogue
Available, indexed.
Card catalogue
Available, indexed.

Additional Information

Notes
Detailed catalogues and a summary catalogue are available. All films have been catalogued.
Conservation policy
Museum/BFI standards. No film is let out without National Maritime Museum control.

Main Contact

Name
Ms. Nell Carrington
Job title
Visual Media Coordinator
Telephone
020 8312 6727/8522
Fax
020 8312 6599/6533
Email
films&filming@nmm.ac.uk
Address
National Maritime Museum
Greenwich
London
SE10 9NF

Alternate Contact

Name
Tory Harte - Visual Media Coordinator
Telephone
0208 312 8522
Fax
020 8312 6599/6533

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