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BRITISH LIBRARY APPEALS TO FILM ARCHIVES TO HELP ‘SAVE OUR SOUNDS’

Save our Sounds is the British Library’s programme to preserve the nation’s sound heritage

The nation’s sound collections are under threat, both from physical degradation and as the means of playing them disappear from production. Archival consensus internationally is that we have approximately 15 years in which to save our sound collections by digitising them before they become unreadable and are effectively lost.
We would be very interested to hear about the current status of any and all sound collections and Film Archives UK may currently hold across all formats both analogue and digital.

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BUFVC 2015 LEARNING ON SCREEN WINNERS

Award-winning broadcaster and journalist Samira Ahmed gave a guest speech and helped present the awards. Samira presents BBC1’s Newswatch and Radio 4’s Front Row and has a special interest in the link between popular culture, politics and social change. Samira has also made documentary films herself, and won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year award for her film about so-called “corrective” rape in South Africa.

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Tour of National Media Museum was special treat for FAUK members at Bradford

The Film Archives UK 115th meeting took place on Thursday 5th March in Bradford, UNESCO City of Film and a very special thanks to Bradford City Council for allowing FAUK members to hold their meeting in their wonderful City Hall.

FAUK Chair and Exec were also invited to join the launch of the Bradford International Film Summit in the City Hall on 4th March where they were introduced to representatives of UNESCO and a number of people involved in the film industry

FAUK members met before lunch on 5th for a tour of the National Media Museum. The Museum’s Associate Curator, Toni Booth took us all on a special tour showing us some special secrets from their fascinating collections. Members were particularly interested in the collection of early cameras and televisions and enthralled by the original blood squirting teeth worn by Christopher Lee in the Dracula films!

A special thank you to Toni from us all at FAUK for her time and giving us such an interesting tour of the Museum.

Members met for a light lunch in the Seville Room at City Hall, Bradford before the meeting.

The next meeting will be held in London on 4th June at the Imperial War Museum – Please put the date in your diary.