A day in the life of the BFI National Archive

Go behind the scenes at the BFI National Archive’s Conservation Centre, where we preserve and restore the nation’s film collection, as we celebrate Twitter’s first ever #MuseumWeek.

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Photochemical film printing with Chris Stenner, Wet Lab Operations Specialist

Photochemical film printing with Chris Stenner, Wet Lab Operations Specialist
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

The BFI National Archive holds a magnificent collection of film and television, from the birth of cinema to today. Concentrating on British titles, we carefully select material for our collections, preserving, restoring and interpreting it to ensure our film heritage is widely accessible in cinemas and in the home. We also collect posters, images, publicity material, original scripts, letters and other artefacts.

With Twitter celebrating its first ever #MuseumWeek from 24-30 March, bringing together on social media hundreds of museums and archives across Europe, we go behind the scenes at our J. Paul Getty Jr Conservation Centre in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. It’s here that our collections are housed, preserved and restored to keep the films alive for new audiences.

Video conservation and migration of obsolete videotape formats, with Will Daniel, Video Conservation Specialist

Video conservation and migration of obsolete videotape formats, with Will Daniel, Video Conservation Specialist
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

Comparing multiple elements of film during restoration process with Claire West, Examination Conservation Specialist

Comparing multiple elements of film during restoration process with Claire West, Examination Conservation Specialist
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

Preparing film prints for projection with Teresa Burke, Acquisition and Access Conservation Specialist

Preparing film prints for projection with Teresa Burke, Acquisition and Access Conservation Specialist
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

Inspecting film with Angelo Lucatello, Acqusitions and Access Conservation Specialist

Inspecting film with Angelo Lucatello, Acqusitions and Access Conservation Specialist
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

Inspecting film with Angelo Lucatello, Acqusitions and Access Conservation Specialist

Inspecting film with Angelo Lucatello, Acqusitions and Access Conservation Specialist
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

Inspecting film with Ian Betts, Acqusitions and Access Conservation Specialist

Inspecting film with Ian Betts, Acqusitions and Access Conservation Specialist
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

Conservation Specialist undertaking film inspection and repair

Conservation Specialist undertaking film inspection and repair
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

Accessing the BFI’s film print collection from vault storage, with Scott Starck, Production Manager

Accessing the BFI’s film print collection from vault storage, with Scott Starck, Production Manager
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

The film vault at the BFI’s Conservation Centre, with Kat Bishop, Assistant Facilities Manager

The film vault at the BFI’s Conservation Centre, with Kat Bishop, Assistant Facilities Manager
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

BFI pressbooks collection

BFI pressbooks collection
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

Conservation Centre storage of Special Collections, with Carolyne Bevan, Curator - Scripts, Documents & Ephemera

Conservation Centre storage of Special Collections, with Carolyne Bevan, Curator - Scripts, Documents & Ephemera
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

BFI posters collection

BFI posters collection
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

Film prints heading for cinema projection, with Martin Sheffield, Acquisition and Access Conservation Specialist

Film prints heading for cinema projection, with Martin Sheffield, Acquisition and Access Conservation Specialist
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

Examples of film tinting and toning

Examples of film tinting and toning
Credit: Adam Bronkhorst, Kevin Meredith

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