NEFA receives HLF funding for 'North East on Film'

NEFA are delighted to announce the award of Heritage Lottery Fund Development Funding to help us prepare for a major new programme: ‘North East on Film’, with the ambition to preserve more of our regional film heritage collections, and take them back out to communities across the whole of the North East of England - creating new opportunities for people to see and enjoy moving image collections that have an immediate connection and resonance to their lives and landscapes, through a region-wide programme of screenings, events and online access to hundreds on films.

'North East on Film’ is about connecting people and communities to their local and regional film heritage: a wealth of moving images revealing an extraordinary record of life in the region over the past 100 years.  

From changes in industries and working lives – ship building, steel, miners’ galas – to leisure time with people turning out for royal visits, days out to Seaham or Whitley Bay, Town Moor Hoppings, to marking great occasions eg VE Day celebrations, the visit of Martin Luther King, to village fêtes, local craftsmen and traditions – all captured on film, building into a unique visual legacy of the region.  

But much of this material remains unseen, in need of preservation and digitisation so that we can create a range of local, regional and online opportunities for people to see, enjoy and participate in preserving the moving image heritage of the North East of England.

The overall aim of the project is to connect people and communities to their local and regional film heritage – creating new opportunities for people to see and enjoy moving image collections that have an immediate connection and resonance to their lives and landscapes, through a region-wide programme of screenings, events and local initiatives throughout the duration of the project.  

At the same time, the ambition is to create a long-term legacy of online engagement with the films, enabling people not simply to watch the films online, but curate collections for themselves, add local information, and become involved in helping the continuing work of preserving the moving image heritage of the North East of England.

The Development Phase of the project will run for 6 months, as we begin to work with partners and communities across the region to plan the Delivery Phase of ‘North East on Film’ funding submission.  We’ll be reporting on activities over the coming months, so do keep checking back for the latest news.  In the meantime, we’d like to express huge thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, without whom ‘North East on Film’ wouldn’t have been possible.