Using Footage

Our collections reveal astonishing and moving visual records of life in Yorkshire and the North East of England over the past 120 years, stretching from Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley in the south to Newcastle, Berwick and the Scottish Borders in the north.  

Made by amateurs and professionals alike, the collections include industrial collections, featuring shipbuilding, mining, steel, textiles, farming and fishing.  We also hold Yorkshire and Tyne Tees Television news and regional programmes, alongside the astonishing outputs of local cine clubs recording events in their communities, and home movie enthusiasts capturing their families on holidays, at home, at work and at play: a fascinating social history of life in the regions over the decades. 

Our team are here to work with you on requests for using footage, bringing their experience and extensive knowledge of the collections to respond to all enquiries, from public programmes through to working with large commercial clients.  

We have facilities on site for viewing films by appointment, or can supply material on a range of formats, depending on the nature of the request. 

Start by searching our online catalogue, and contact us if you need further information – we are here to help.        

Commercial Clients

Our access team have a wealth of experience working with broadcasters, production companies, events managers and other media professionals.   Increasingly, we are aware that researchers and producers are looking for archive footage that shows a different perspective – previously unseen, or less well known footage, which can bring a new edge to programmes.  

We encourage initial searches through our catalogue, but will follow up with more detailed discussions – often we hold relevant footage that is not yet available online.    

We understand the need to work to deadlines, and will respond quickly and efficiently to your enquiries.

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Community Audiences

Our ongoing public programme of community film shows and events are tailor-made to appeal to the interests of the communities and groups we work with. Local footage features in all of our screenings, which range from smaller shows in local village halls or for specific interest groups, to larger events in town halls, cinemas, or exhibition spaces.   

Community film shows are ever popular, and we advise booking well in advance.  Our charges begin at £75.00 (ex VAT) plus travel for standard community film shows. 

We are also keen to work in partnership with organisations on a range of programmes to increase and enhance sustained opportunities for people to see and enjoy their local film heritage collections.  Please do contact us if you have an idea or a project.

In addition to the above, we also provide more specialist programmes of screenings to reach out to audiences who might otherwise have little access to seeing our footage.  More information on our award-winning work with older people, reminiscence groups, healthcare professionals and agencies supporting people living with dementia can be found on our Memory Bank pages


We have vast experience of working with partners in the non-commercial sector; our footage has been used in festivals, as part of major outdoor artists’ projections, and in museums and galleries around the country.

Whether you’re looking for footage to use in an exhibition, installation, at a festival, or for any other non-commercial purpose, we can help. The films available online are just a taster of our diverse collection, do contact us to discuss your programme in more details.


Copies of films can be provided on DVD, or in various encoded file formats, for research, screenings, classroom use and educational workshops.

Get in touch to find out how we can help you.

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