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National Library of Scotland, Moving Image Archive

Kelvin Hall
1445 Argyle Street
G3 8AW
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)845 366 4600


The collection offers evidence of 20th century Scottish social, cultural and industrial history, reflects the lives of ordinary Scots across the generations, and records the achievements of Scottish film makers in the craft of film production.The holdings of the Archive are predominantly non-fiction, reflecting the nature of indigenous Scottish production, and include documentary, actuality, newsreel, educational, industrial, television and public information films. There is a large collection of amateur footage, reflecting on the lives of the film makers and their families as well as the Scotland they observed on camera. There are about 16,000 titles in the collection dating from 1895 to the present day. A key collection in the Archive is the Films of Scotland Committee, formed in 1954. Its remit was to arrange for the production of films to promote Scotland's social, cultural and industrial attributes both nationally and internationally. During its thirty year lifetime some one hundred and fifty documentary films were made, including Seawards the Great Ships (1960) the first Scottish made film to win a Hollywood Oscar The Archive preserves, on videotape, television broadcasts in the Gaelic language since 1993.

Film and video viewing rooms by appointment. Researchers may take VHS time coded preview tapes out on loan - MIA gradually migrating to DVD viewing copies in 2008.
Production library - edit quality tapes may be hired for two weeks for editing.
Rate card for commercial usage.
Access catalogue on the internet

  • Ruth Washbrook
    (Moving Image and Sound Collections Manager)
    Tel: ++44 845 366 4600
    United Kingdom