The future of screen heritage in the UK: a symposium on strategy

Is our screen heritage – everything from film to phone clips on YouTube – slipping through our fingers? Will we know how to research and find moving image material in 10 years time? What will our archives and libraries be archiving in 50 years, and in what form? Can we afford it? Can we afford not to?

Technology is developing so fast that while new types of screenworks are being produced, the UK’s moving image archive institutions are struggling even to maintain current collections. The amount of moving image material produced is overwhelming decisions about selection, and raising questions about what exactly needs preserving. And has preservation become an access issue? Or copying, with the attendant Intellectual Property questions? Will archivists and librarians in the future merely label certain copies of items deemed important, and save them to a server? And how will we use them?…

Funding levels and institutional divisions complicate these questions. There are threats to current collections as well as future ones. This symposium is intended to bring academics, archivists, collectors, historians and other stakeholders to a discussion about the vision for the future. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Lynne Brindley, British Library
  • Adam Lee, BBC
  • Amanda Nevill, British Film Institute
  • James Patterson, Film Archive Forum
  • Murray Weston, British Universities Film and Video Council
  • Prof Stephen Coleman, Leeds (acting as rapporteur)

Registration is free and places are limited. Refreshments are provided free, morning and afternoon, and lunch is available for £10. Limited car parking will be available.

To register, please email Blanca Sainz-Garcia, or register online.

The symposium is supported and organised by the following centres on behalf of MeCCSA:

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