Your Britain on Film

British lives, caught on film and collected online. Discover previously unseen film capturing 120 years of Britain on film.

I’ve never seen my family on film before so it was a wonderful surprise to discover three generations together.Heather Stewart, Creative Director of the BFI

Find your story

Ever wondered what life was like in the town you grew up in before you were born? Now you can through Britain on Film. Search places that mean something to you through our interactive film map.

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Hidden histories and forgotten stories

The collection of beautifully preserved films includes amateur home movies, documentaries and news footage dating back more than 100 years. These archive films have been digitised with support from the National Lottery. They’re available for you to watch free of charge from the BFI National Archive.

Here’s just a small taste of what Britain on Film has to offer: