FILM ARCHIVES UK has been awarded a £15,000 grant as part of The National Archives' ‘Networks for Change’ programme. The ‘Projecting Digital Futures’ project will support FAUK, a unique network supporting the specialist area of public access audio-visual archives, to develop a targeted action plan prioritising future activity that will address key challenges facing the sector including digital capacity and skills..
Founded in 2011, and now with nearly 30 members from across the UK, FILM ARCHIVES UK (FAUK) brings together archives, archivists, associate organisations and individuals who are interested in and committed to the work and development of the UK’s public access film archives. Through dialogue, exchange of knowledge, partnership and awareness-raising FAUK plays an important role within the sector.
Film Archives UK Chair, Dr Clare Watson, said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the The National Archives' 'Networks for Change' programme in recognition of the key role played by Film Archives UK. At a critical moment of change, the ‘Projecting Digital Futures’ project seeks to build a stronger, representative and collective voice for public access film archives and will facilitate a series of investigations focused on digital capacity and resources, skills and training and leadership. This work is essential to refocusing strategy and building a representative and collaborative action plan that will strengthen FAUK and benefit our members and the wider archives sector we support.”
The TNA’s Networks for Change programme provides grants to support collaboration in active networks of archive services. The programme has been designed to provide support at various stages in the development and operation of a network; from assisting the establishment of the network in its early stages through to supporting development projects undertaken by robust and stable networks.