Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

The Wales Film and Television Archive

Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

The Wales Film and Television Archive

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The Wales Film and Television Archive has now emerged from a pilot phase which began in November 1989, with funding from S4C, the British Film Institute, the Welsh Arts Council, BAFTA/Shell UK, and TAC (Association of Welsh Independent Producers). During this time two permanent staff were employed to research the feasibility of establishing a permanent film and video archive for Wales, with a part-time technician joining the project in its last year.

The pilot project was located at the National Library of Wales, and much of its research was centered on the small but valuable film collection already held by the Library. This collection comprised of amateur and professional film material dating from 1914 to the present day (35mm, 16mm, 8mm and 9.5mm) as well as some video material. With the experience gained from handling this material - its proper storage, repair and copying, and making it accessible where possible for research, screening or broadcasting - plus much help and support from other film archives in the UK - the staff were gradually able to formulate policies for selection, preservation, access etc., as well as deciding on a cataloguing and indexing system for a future Archive's holdings. Another vital aspect of the project was the compilation of a database recording the whereabouts of film and video material of Welsh interest which was in danger of being lost or damaged. All in all the pilot project was functioning as an archive in microcosm, providing very practical preparation for things to come!

In November 1992 the Archive moved into its own, independent premises in Aberystwyth, from where it now operates with four full time staff, these being Director, Access and Outreach Officer, Technical and Preservation Officer, and Administrator. The Archive's governing body is the newly established Wales Film Council, which channels funding to the Archive from the three present major sources (S4C, the Welsh Arts Council and the British Film Institute).

The Archive's increased funding and staffing has led to increased activity in all aspects of our work. We are now technically equipped to deal with most of the demands of film preservation in Wales apart from the making of preservation copies. Our membership of the UK Film Archive Forum and provisional membership of FIAF is bringing us into fruitful contact with established fim archives, as is our participation in the activities of the Celtic Film Archives group. In the past year outreach projects have included screenings and panel discussion at the International Festival of Film and Television in the Celtic Countries, the Welsh International Film Festival and the conference of Association Européenne Inédits, in addition to organising archival film shows in Wales. …

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