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 …"
David joined NEFA in June 2008 as a qualified paper Archivist on a six month contract. More than four years later; he is now the first point of contact with regards all public, educational and commercial enquiries. David is also responsible for dealing with any enquiries from our many depositors and works alongside other members of the archive team to assess new collections for potential acceptance into the NEFA.
Susanna started working for NEFA in September 2010, cataloguing collections as part of the Screen Heritage UK initiative, and moved on to coordinate the Creative England funded screenings project, Fast Forward: North East Sport on Film in 2012. As Archive Information Officer she works on research enquiries, preservation and cataloguing of collections, content and digitisation for the website.
Ruth has been the YFA Administrator since August 2007. In addition to being the first point of contact at YFA, her role includes content and feature writing for this website, project research/development, and management of the Archive’s social media presence.
Megan joined the Archive in May, 2006 while completing her MA in Film Archiving at the University of East Anglia. As the Moving Image Archivist, Megan is responsible for the long-term care of the collections - preserving items from the past and helping to make them accessible for the future. She also works closely with donors to acquire collections as well as works on preservation, cataloguing, and digitization projects such as Unlocking Film Heritage.
Graham joined the Archive in October 2007 to project manage YFA Online; an ambitious project working with communities across the region to select and make accessible over 50 hours of the YFA's collections online. “I am a proud Yorkshireman with a background in the Arts and Heritage sector. My role as Archive Manager is varied but my main aim is to make the YFA's moving image collections accessible to new audiences in both innovative and traditional ways.
Sue has been Director of the YFA since 1995 and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the YFA, developing funding streams for new initiatives to create more varied access to the YFA collections. Sue has always been committed to showing local footage top local audiences and still presents many of YFA’s community film shows. She is currently developing specialist use of the collections in partnership with health care professionals for work with people experiencing memory loss, dementia, anxiety and other age related difficulties.