Mediatheque at BFI Southbank

BFI Southbank’s Mediatheque is the place to explore the BFI National Archive, for free.

We are pleased to report that the Mediatheque at BFI Southbank will reopen at 12pm on Thursday 7 April. Thank you for your patience whilst we worked to fix the technical fault and we look forward to welcoming you.

Using the BFI Mediatheque is easy – turn up on the day or book a viewing session in advance. Check in at the desk inside the Mediatheque and then log on to a viewing station. Proof of age may be required, as only age-appropriate material is made available to younger users.

Opening times

Monday Closed (except Bank Holidays)
Tuesday 12:00 — 20:00
Wednesday 12:00 — 20:00
Thursday 12:00 — 20:00
Friday 12:00 — 20:00
Saturday 12:00 — 20:00
Sunday 12:30 — 20:00

Admission is free.

During busy periods, we may have to limit Mediatheque sessions to a maximum of two hours. To guarantee a place, book in advance by calling 020 7815 1346.

Education and community groups

Bring your students to enjoy a morning exploring over 2,500 films and TV programmes from the BFI National Archive. Whatever subject you teach, you are bound to find some fantastic material – among moving image treasures from 1895 to the present – to stimulate and enliven your students interest.

The Mediatheque at BFI Southbank is available for school use between 10:30 and 12:30 on Tuesdays to Fridays during term time. A free session of up to two hours, for an average class size, includes a brief introduction. A facilitated session, with an introduction by a curator around a specific theme can be organised for a fee.

Please call 020 7849 4481 for enquiries and to make a school group booking.

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