A selection of footage from the Calling Blighty series of films, showing servicemen from South Yorkshire and York, will be shown at a special screening at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield on Sunday 26th March.

These rare and unseen films show the men sending filmed messages home from India and Burma at the end of WW2. The films were screened at local cinemas in 1944-5 to wives, mothers and sweethearts back home as a way of increasing morale; a sort of one way Skype of their day, they are remarkable and moving documents. 

The Yorkshire Film Archive is delighted with the response to Hull on Film which is now sold out.  We are sorry that audiences are disappointed to have missed out on this occasion.  

We assure you that, due to the overwhelming interest in Hull on Film, we will be back with a repeat screening and more of Hull’s film heritage soon – watch this space!

The Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) has been making cine stories and capturing the north east on film for nearly a century. It is the sole survivor of the five original ACA organisations in Britain, first set up in 1927, and this year, incredibly, the cine club celebrates its 90th anniversary.

North East Film Archive
Teesside University
Middlesbrough
TS1 3BA

T 01642 384022

E NEFA@tees.ac.uk

NEFA are based on the ground floor of the Constantine Building at Teesside University, which is accessed via the main University reception in Middlesbrough Tower.

York St John University
Lord Mayors Walk
York
YO31 7EX

T 01904 876550

E yfa@yorksj.ac.uk

YFA Building YFA are based on the ground floor of the Fountains Learning Centre at York St John University, which is accessible from the Clarence Street entrance to the campus. A public car park (Union Terrace) is situated directly across the road (for sat nav purposes, use the postcode Y031 7ES).

Age UK Bradford & District, along with colleagues from four other Age UK branches across the region have teamed up with the Yorkshire Film Archive to produce a brand new reminiscence resource, Memory Bank: Life on the Home Front, based on local archive film footage of life in the 1940s and ‘50s.  

The project, which was made possible thanks to the Chancellor's LIBOR fund, is proving to be a great success with reminiscence session taking place across the region. 

We're celebrating the launch of Rural Life: a new release of over 750 films charting the changing British countryside. Explore the ways of life and unique traditions still surviving amongst communities today, as well as those which have since dwindled or disappeared entirely.

Clare Morrow, former Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire and previously Controller of News and Programmes at ITV Yorkshire, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Yorkshire and North East Film Archive.  

Clare brings more than 30 years of experience to the YFA, through a career in television and as a non-executive director.   She is currently a non-executive director of both Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate, and the Rugby Football League.  Previously she was a non-executive director of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, as well as Network Manager of the Broadcasting and Creative Industries Disability Network.  

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.

Montse joined the archive in 2004, the year we launched our temperature and humidity controlled vaults, which were only half full at that point.

"Sometimes the films need a bit of cleaning and basic repairs. That is my first duty. Once they are safe to go onto the scanners, I transfer them to digital files, or video tapes, ready for access. I can put together a few movies to create a film show, or maybe a DVD …"

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