Mediatheque at BFI Southbank

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

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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