Your Films and Video

SWFTA is pleased to accept donations of film and video material. Donors may think that family films are not of interest, but in fact they provide a valuable record of social history and culture – places, transport, clothing, and pastimes and leisure. SWFTA aims to preserve this heritage for future generations. 

As a responsible custodian of public memory, SWFTA works in consideration of the following key standards:

- PD5454 - Guide for the Storage and Exhibition of Archival Documents  2012 (formerly BS5454:2000)
- The National Archives Standard for Records Repositories 2004

Equipment such as cameras and projectors are accepted. Material can be donated by private individuals, companies, museums, libraries, community organisations and artists.

Film material is inspected and copied. Master copies are stored and backed up and the original material is returned or curated by the archive. A digital copy of material is supplied to the donor if required. The donor is required to sign SWFTA's Acquisition Agreement. 

SWFTA does not collect cellulose nitrate film stock but is happy to advise or acquire it via the archive for the BFI master film store in Warwickshire, the largest collection of nitrate film in the world. Cellulose nitrate has the potential to be flammable if it becomes unstable and owners should inform their insurance company. 

Original material deposited to SWFTA for safe-keeping is cared for responsibly within our temperature and humidity controlled specialist archive storage unit. The unit conforms to PD:5454 and is monitored daily. 

SWFTA Tape Collections Vault. 

SWFTA Film Collections Vault 1.