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Archive for October, 2008

The results of the survey have now been integrated into the Researcher’s Guide to Screen Heritage. This website is a comprehensive directory of the publicly accessible sources of material related to the history of moving images and sound in the United Kingdom. It combines the former BUFVC Researcher’s Guide Online (RGO) with a new directory of artefacts produced by the UK Screen Heritage Network, with the support of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Renaissance fund.

Here you can search for both moving image content and artefacts, as well as sound collections across the UK. The Advanced Artefacts search enables you to refine your search across ten categories including TV, Video and Digital, Animation, Film-making, Sets and Costumes, Cinema and Sound. The Guide to Screen Artefacts gives details as to what kind of objects might be found in each section. It provides a fascinating view of collections, both institutional and individual, across the country reflecting what has been collected and what still needs to be done.

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Saturday 18 October is international Home Movie Day. Here Lisa Kerrigan, one of the organisers of the London Home Movie Day explains more about it and why it’s important.

‘On Saturday October 18, archivists and film lovers around the world
will take time out of the vaults to help the public learn about,
enjoy, and rescue films forgotten with the advent of home video.

Home Movie Day shows how home movies on 8mm, Super8 and 16mm film
offer a unique view of decades past, and are an essential part of
personal, community, and cultural history.

Home Movie Day returns to London this year at the Curzon Soho cinema
bar. It’s a free event and open to everyone. There will be a Film
Clinic, offering free film examinations by volunteer film archivists.

After examination, the films can be passed to one of the
projectionists, who will be continuously screening home movies
throughout the day.

You don’t need to bring a film to attend and enjoy the event;
everyone has a chance to win prizes generously donated by the BFI and
Wellcome Collection just by viewing any of the films on the day.
Prizes include BFI DVDs and tickets to the IMAX.

The archivists can also offer advice about preserving films in film
archives around the UK and transferring films to other formats such
as DVD so they’re more easily watchable in the home.’

For more information visit the Home Movie Day website.

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