Do something special for Durham!

NEFA are appealing to the people of the North East to do something special for Durham.

Held within the North East Film Archive's vaults are over 600 films - more than a quarter of a million feet of film - comprising the heart and soul of Durham during the 20th century.

We're asking for your support to raise £5,000 to help preserve and share Durham's film heritage. The collection reveals an extraordinary record of our times, from the changes in industry to the evolving landscape and architecture of the city. Holidays to home life, schooldays to local events. Community occasions such as the miners' galas, popular jazz bands, local crafts and traditions - all captured on film, all building into a compelling visual legacy of the city.

North East Film Archive Manager, Graham Relton said:

“Preserving every foot of film, spool of videotape, or digital file comes at a cost, whether it's repairing individual frames of film, storage of the original cine films and videos in our environmentally controlled vaults, or digitising and encoding the precious images to share with audiences.”

Graham went onto say:

“We can’t thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund enough for their support of our North East on Film project but there is still more to do and we’re asking the people of the region to do something special for Durham by supporting our JustGiving fundraising campaign. With your help we can continue our work to make more and more Durham footage available to all.”

Without regular funding, these amazing film heritage collections are at risk. Your generosity will ensure that these astonishing films, featuring over a century of life in Durham, can be safeguarded and revealed once again.

You can make a donation at