British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

BRITISH AGRICULTURAL ARCHIVE FILM UNIT

Description
The private collection was inaugurated in 1981, as the increase in the use of video created the demise of 16mm film. The object of the Archive was to trace, salvage and preserve all gauges of film, amateur and professional, relating to the development of agriculture and allied industries, assembling it into a specialist reference library for the industry. The oldest film dates back to 1908. The main period covered is the 1930s to the 1960s, with others up to the present day. Now also holds the Milk Marketing Board Film Library and a substantial proportion ( ie some 400 films) of the Massey Ferguson Tractors Ltd collection. Material held by the Archive has been used in the television series Green and Pleasant Land and the film Operation Harvester (about farming during World War II.)
Keywords
World War II; Farming; Agricultural machinery; Farming, World War II; Massey Ferguson tractors; Milk Marketing Board
Access
Access available. By arrangement. Access to all bona fide potential users, students, researchers, etc.
Facilities
Viewing on premises. Viewing facilities for very small groups. Film screenings for societies can be arranged. No video facilities at present. Films are not available on loan.
Charges
Charges for research for broadcast productions. Charges for research for academic purposes. Charges for facilities and handling.
Copyright
Copyright not held. Copyright advice available. Copyright adviser: A. Richard Watts.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Video/Film
Video: 15 reels/cassettes. Documentary.
Video components: VHS Video.
Film: In excess of 1,000,000 feet. 60% colour film, 40% black and white film, 1% nitrate film. Advertising, amateur, documentary, science and education, agricultural films, material relating to oil industry.
Film components: 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 35mm, positive film, negative film, fine grain print.

Additional Information

Notes
None at present.
Conservation policy
No material is junked.

Main Contact

Name
Mr. A. Richard Watts
Job title
Archivist
Telephone
01623-882223
Address
Springs Farm
Edingley
Newark
NG22 8DB

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