Nitrate Film

The BFI holds the largest collection of nitrate film stock in the world, extending the life of this now retired medium. Highly combustible and unstable, the BFI has developed a range of measures to ensure these rare nitrate assets are safe from potential degradation. Here Film Technician Louise Allum and the Archive's Vaults Manage Chris Mckee indicate how these materials can be safely stored and preserved, and demonstrate the dramatic results when nitrate film is improperly handled.



 

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