Britain on Film in BFI Mediatheques

Stories of change and continuity across a century, through a vibrant mix of early actuality film, home movies, classic TV drama, documentaries and contemporary features.

Empire Road (1978-79)

Empire Road (1978-79)

This summer marks the start of Britain on Film, the centrepiece of a major new BFI-led digitisation project. You’ll be able to explore this burgeoning resource on BFI Player soon, while collections dedicated to specific regions and nations, curated in association with partner archives, can be viewed for free in our nine Mediatheques around the UK. Boasting over 1000 titles, these collections tell stories of change and continuity across a century, through a vibrant mix of early actuality film, home movies, classic TV drama, documentaries and contemporary features. So discover a wealth of film and TV set or filmed in the places that matter to you – including many titles not available online or on DVD.

Find out more about Britain on Film.

Collections to try

Brum & Beyond: West Midlands on Screen

Gain an insight into life in the UK’s second city, and the wider West Midlands region, from the Edwardian era and beyond.

Eastward Ho! A Portrait of Cambridge and the East of England

Take a fascinating tour of the historic city of Cambridge and the often undiscovered corners of England’s eastern counties.

God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Welcome to Yorkshire and the Humber, a proudly independent land of industrial powerhouses, pastoral beauty and rugged isolation.

Heartlands: A Portrait of Derby and the East Midlands

Explore the landscapes, meet the locals and discover the rich heritage of the East Midlands, with an extended stop-off in the city of Derby.

London Calling

From Alf Garnett to London Zoo, enjoy an unrivalled guide to the capital for Londoners and visitors alike.

North By North East

Revisit over 100 years of history, culture, industry and politics in England’s creative North East.

Once Upon a Time in the North West

Rediscover the vibrancy of Manchester, and journey into one of our most culturally diverse regions.

Scottish Reels

Immerse yourself in life north of the border: there’s epic Highland vistas and tartan aplenty, but picture-postcard Scotland is just one part of the story.

Through the Dragon’s Eye: Wales on Screen

Drwy Lygad y Ddraig: Cymru ar y Sgrîn

A multi-faceted look at a beautiful and historic nation via royal visits, animations and newsreels from the 1920s.

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