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BFI Archive Sales BFI National Archive
21 Stephen Street Berkhamsted, HP4 3TP
London, W1T 1LN Tel: +44 (0)1442 285274
The BFI National Archive cares for one of the largest collection of film and television productions in the world, with footage going back to the earliest days of moving images in the 1890s. Although we preserve millions of hours of material for safekeeping, we also hold thousands of hours of archive footage which we are able to license.
Our dedicated team in Archive Sales have decades of film research and sales experience between them, and are here to assist you with your enquiries. Whether it is for accessing material, or licensing footage from our own collections, we are happy to support you with your footage needs.
The collections we represent for clip licensing include unique and exclusive material, covering a huge variety of subjects and personalities including;
Truly unique content from the late 1800s. Britain’s Victorian era captured on film in this newly digitised collection, making this never seen before historical footage available for the first time.
The Mitchell and Kenyon Collection
Exclusive footage of Edwardian scenes from everyday life in the early 1900s. This collection provides an unparalleled opportunity to source clips which show the world through the eyes of the working communities of the time.
Topical Budget News (1911-1931)
A major British newsreel from the silent era, largely unseen, covering a wide variety of subjects such as; British life, the Royals, politics, sporting events, international events and conflicts, as well as quirky and unusual items. Some 7,000 films survive, offering a fantastic portrait of the period.
At the heart of our archive sales collection, are the Government Films produced from the dawn of sound in 1930, to the closure for the Central Office of Information in 2012. The Ministry of Information and Central Office of Information produced around 9,000 films between 1930 and 2012, covering a staggering array of subject matters and styles.
The British Coal Board’s own cinemagazine, chronicling all aspects of the coal industry, and its associated mining communities, between 1947 and 1983. Over 400 editions were produced, giving us a unique insight into industrial Britain.
British Transport Films (1949-1985)
Search our vast range of beautifully produced transport related films, providing a fascinating record of life in Britain’s countryside, towns and cities.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Documenting British urban life on the streets of the nation between the 1950s and the 1980s.
General Post Office Film Unit and the Empire Marketing Board
Ground breaking documentaries were the order of the day at the GPO Film Unit, innovatively preceded by the EMB Film Unit, and overseen from its inception in 1933 by key documentarian John Grierson.
The Arts Council England
From 1946, this government arts funding body has generated a diverse and wide-ranging resource of moving image content, including works by such wide-ranging film-making talents as the Quay Brothers, Sally Potter and Ian Iqbal Rashid. Subject areas include films about British artists, European art, American art, Music and Black Britain.
British Council Film Collection
During the 1940s, these documentary films were produced to promote an idea of ‘Britain and Britishness’ internationally. This varied collection presents a historic snapshot of Britain, portraying its industry, its landscapes, and its people.
Children's Film & TV Foundation 1951-1981
A collection of quality archive youth programming consisting of 400 fiction titles, mostly shot on location, many with significant regional interest and diverse casting, produced between the 1950s and the 1980s.
ETV - Educational and Television Films
An extraordinary collection of 6,000 twentieth century socialist films made in Russia, Cuba, South America, China, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Korea with 750 new hours digitised by the end of 2018. This footage provides an unrivalled view of the world, as seen by those countries on the other side of the cold war divide. [Clip reel available]
India on Film
A gorgeous newly digitised collection of films, mostly unseen for decades, offering temples and tigers, durbars and devil dancers, girl guides and Gandhi. The collection includes places that were part of India pre-Partition, including what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Royal Geographical Society and restored explorations
This globe-spanning collection is an exceptional record of spectacular natural beauty, and bold human endeavor. The BFI’s restored films charting the early Antarctic explorers, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott, can be found within this archive
Now and Then 1967-1968
Over 300 interviews conducted by Bernard Braden between 1967 and 1968 with personalities including; Vidal Sassoon, Stirling Moss, Jill Tweedie, Quentin Crisp, Tom Jones, Lulu, Cilla Black, Enoch Powell, Jeremy Thorpe, Peter Cook, Spike Milligan, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more.
BFI LIVE: contemporary digital footage of world cinema’s greats in conversation, up close and personal.