Collections

From the BFI to Bexley, Wellcome to Wandsworth – explore, watch and learn more about London’s film heritage collections. Please note these pages may not represent the entirety of an organisation’s collection. A text-only list of collections can be found here.

The Collections

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Barking & Dagenham Heritage and Archives Service

The Barking and Dagenham Archives holds two key collections amongst the road safety films and home movies. The collection of Samuel Williams and Sons, Dagenham Dock films feature three hours of colour footage of dockside activities throughout the 1960s. This includes the launch of the first Hydrofoil on the Thames. This collection is available to view on DVD with DigiBeta tapes for reproductions. The Dagenham Film Coopoerative Society produced films (1947-1964) highlighting contemporary activities…
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Barnardo's Archive

The collection comprises 150 films dating back to 1905 regarding the social history of the 20th century, focussing on children, child care and education. The collection includes material relating to emigration and the war years.
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Barnet Local Studies and Archives

This is a very small collection of film acquired mostly by donation but it holds some real gems that give insight to the importance of ceremony, culture and recreation of the time.
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BDA Museum

The BDA Dental Museum is the place to find out about the history of dental care in the UK. With over 20,000 items the museum has the largest collection of material relating to the history of dentistry in the UK, from its time as a marketplace spectacle to the complex procedures and treatment of today.
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Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum

The Bethlem Museum of the Mind records the lives and experience and celebrates the achievements of people with mental health problems.
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Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre

The BLSAC houses a wide and varied film collection, currently consisting of around 160 films, that were made by both professional and amateur film makers. The oldest film in the collection was made by an early cinematographer, Harry Pease, in 1912, which features the opening ceremony of the Bexleyheath Clock Tower. The newest film is an animation made by Bexley school children on the life of Charlton Athletics' goalkeeping legend, Sam Bartram. The film…
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BFI National Archive

The BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library collections include: 60,000 fiction films, including features, on all gauges of film and formats of videotape. 120,000 non-fiction films, broadly tracing the history of the use of the moving image in non-fictional settings and for non-fiction purposes. An estimated 750,000 television titles, mostly from off-air recordings as seen by the viewer, as well as production and transmission material. This page only displays data collected by LSA and…
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Bishopsgate Institute Library

The library’s collection covers inner London, with a particular focus on the City of London and Spitalfields.
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Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archives is actively collecting archives which are representative of the experiences of Black people in Britain. We may also collect material from the first half of the twentieth century and pre-1900 which contribute to telling the story of the presence of Black people in Britain. We will not normally collect pre-1800 or non-British material, or seek to add to our collection of museum artefacts, art and sculpture.
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Brent Museum and Archives

Brent Archives' small collection of films and moving images consists mainly of films made by Brent Council and its predecessors, including public and staff information films, and records of council events, as well as a few items relating to local events and activities donated by individuals.
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