Welcome to the Yorkshire and North East Film Archive:  collecting, curating and creating access to our regions' screen heritage collections.

Whether it’s our amazing landscapes, our rich industrial heritage, our cities, towns, villages, coast and country stretching from Sheffield to the Scottish borders, amateur and professional filmmakers alike have been capturing life in Yorkshire and the North East of England on film for over 130 years.

As a registered charity, our work is to collect, preserve, and make these extraordinary collections accessible for everyone. With over 70,000 items of original film, video tape, and born-digital material, the task of preserving, cataloguing, and digitising these collections is immense – but so are the rewards. People are fascinated to see their own communities, the lives of their grandparents and great-grandparents, the fashions, transport, the momentous events of the decades, through to the fascinating insight into the everyday lives of people throughout the past century. 

Find out more about the Collections

The Archive operates from two bases, both with specialist vaults facilities and expertise to ensure the highest standards of care for our collections. The Yorkshire Film Archive is based in York, the North East Film Archive is based in Middlesbrough. 

Our staff team work across all the collections, bringing a wealth of archival expertise, curatorship, regional knowledge and a passion for sharing our collections, so whether you are a production company looking to licence amazing content, a local interest group wanting to find out about our film show programmes, or you have a film collection you’d like us to advise on – we’re here to help. 

Most importantly of all, we want to you to be able to access, use and share our collections. We have a range of access services for both public programmes and commercial licencing, as well as hundred of hours of content free to view here on our website. Enjoy our collections, and we will keep working hard to collect, protect and preserve even more of these amazing moving images.

We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The Board of Trustees bring a rich mix of expertise and strong governance structures that underpin the Archive.

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