Help Save Yorkshire and North East Cine Stories

26th November 2021
Help Save Yorkshire and North East Cine Stories

Yorkshire and North East Film Archives are thrilled to announce that we're taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, to be held on 30th November; an opportunity for you to help the charity reveal more stories from our vaults. 

As a registered charity, established in 1988, our work is to collect, preserve, and make film collections accessible for everyone. From Sheffield to Berwick-upon-Tweed, Ingleton to Bridlington, the Archive cares for over 75,000 items of original film, video tape, and born-digital material but the task of preserving, cataloguing, and digitising these collections is immense.

Since the start of the pandemic, thousands of charities, including the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives, have faced challenges as traditional fundraising opportunities have been shut off to them. Giving Tuesday, ‘a Global Day of Generosity’ that takes place on 30th November, is a chance to help secure their future in the post-pandemic world.

 Brent Woods, Yorkshire and North East Film Archives Director said: 

“Every film in our Archive tells a different story of Yorkshire and the North East over the last 130 years. But there are still so many stories waiting to be revealed, and they are at risk of being lost forever. Film and video deteriorate, equipment needs constant maintenance and can become obsolete. More than ever, we need to ensure we collect and preserve these important moving images so that they will be available for future generations. Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity for people to help to support our mission. Even the smallest donation makes a big difference.” 

The Archive operates from two bases, both with specialist vaults facilities and expertise to ensure the highest standards of care for the collections. Reactions to film shows, museum exhibitions, television productions, student projects and online interactions demonstrate that people are fascinated to see their own communities, the lives of their grandparents and great-grandparents, the industries, celebrations, momentous events, and the everyday lives of people throughout the past century. 

That’s why, this Giving Tuesday, we're asking for your help. Your donation helps us to continue to protect and create a moving image legacy for you, and for future generations, to experience, explore and enjoy. 

 Brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), this year #GivingTuesday offers the opportunity to give back to good causes, either by donating to charity, reaffirming commitment to a cause, volunteering time or supporting others by simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.

 Andy Frain, #GivingTuesday UK Lead at the CAF, adds:

“Giving Tuesday is a great chance to Give Back to the charities and causes that we care about, and thank them for overcoming some immense challenges over the course of this pandemic. People can Give in so many ways and we’re always amazed at the diversity of people’s generosity – whether it is donating money, volunteering time or just amplifying your support for a charity, any act of Giving can make all the difference to a cause you care about.” 

 In 2020 #GivingTuesday was the top trending item on UK Twitter and generated more than 360 million impressions. In the UK, more than £20 million was raised in online donations, more than ever before.

The precious moving images cared for at the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives record our past, resonate with our present and help us reflect on our future. 

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