It can be surprising for some people to learn that the British Film Institute (BFI) National Archive holds more within its collection than just film. Our archivists, conservators and curators take care of one the largest film and television collections in the world and our ambition is to ensure that everyone within the UK has the opportunity to engage with the widest possible range of this collection. Some highlights from this collection are noted below along with links on how to discover so much more.
An astounding invention
Delicate film prints
The BFI Reuben Library
Did you know that the BFI had a library? Housed in a lovely, quiet section of the BFI Southbank, the BFI Reuben Library has an impressive collection of books, magazines, press books and journals which cover film, television and all things moving image. Whilst the collection priority is focused on the UK, the scope is international. The library collection is incredibly varied but gems include ‘Tinting and toning of Eastman positive motion picture film’ by the Eastman Kodak Company, ‘Alfred Hitchcock: the master of suspense – a pop-up book’ by Cindy Eng & Kees Moerbeek and ‘Bidding for the mainstream? Black and Asian British film since the 1990s’ by Barbara Korte & Claudia Sternberg.
Here is a short film made for Heritage Open Days last year to give a taster of the treasures they hold:
Classics made for TV
*Members of our television preservation and curatorial teams will be at the BFI National Archive’s Conservation Centre when we open for Heritage Open Day on Sunday 17th September 2023.*
Find out more
- BFI Reuben Library collections and services
- BFI Special Collections and how to access them
- BFI television collection
- Film on Film Festival
- BFI National Film & Television Archive - The team's case study on taking part in Heritage Open Days
- Blog - Discover more curious collections from around the country and much more