About the BFI National Archive

We care for the BFI’s film and television collections in state-of-the art facilities.

Established in 1935, the BFI National Archive holds one of the largest film and television collections in the world. Dating from the earliest days of film to the live capture of current television content, the collection contains nearly a million titles. Using the latest preservation methods, we care for a variety of obsolete formats so that future generations can enjoy the UK’s film heritage. We also respond to all research requests for archive materials.

In this section

  • What the archive contains

    What the archive contains

    We hold an extraordinarily varied collection of film and television titles and related materials.

  • Acquisition


    We aim to preserve our moving image heritage and the shape of our collection is always changing.

  • Care of the collections

    Care of the collections

    Find out how we look after the world’s richest collection of film and television.

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