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I am using this as a research tool to find and collate film heritage websites, to compare how they promote the work of their insitutions and to whom.

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National Film and Sound Archive, Australia

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A well-organised website that tries to cater for the range of facilities the NFSA offer, including the online experience: http://nfsa.gov.au/collection/explore-online/

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MACE The Media Archive for Central England | Midlands Screen Archive

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Connect with the culture and history of the Midlands through film, videotape and digital moving images. View over 4,000 clips from a library of 45,000 titles.

 

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Film archives online

Most film archives in the UK seem to offer online databases and information about accessing film. The presentation is generally dry, not particlarly visually engaging.  I have mainly added ones that represent the more interesting looking websites, offering addtional features. This is the full list: http://filmarchives.org.uk/archives.html.) Some universities have specialist film collections, not necessarily promoted beyond the university.

 

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South West Film and TV Archive

The online database is linked to the 'Search Your Film Archives' federated search, with the option for searching nationally or just SWFTA. It's a fairly basic site as SWFTA is under refurbishment.  

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YFA | Yorkshire Film Archive

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Yorkshire Film Archive is based at York St John University, but has a completely separate identity. It has an online catalogue, YFA Online, which is fully searchable and includes some clips. It offers a list of useful key words, and you can also search by title, description, context and/or year. Browse allows you to search by theme, location or decade. Each title has quite detailed background information. Curated collections are organised by theme and provide a bit more background. There is also a 'guest curator feature.

The website also tells us that YFA offers research facilities, broadcasting footage, community access and copies of films for schools. 

YFA is introducing some new features to promote interest and engagement - Memory Bank, Family Tree, Video Postcards and Yorkshire Calendar, though these do not seem to be available yet. 

 

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What makes a good archive-based website?

- Clear menus; clear navigation

- Attractive visuals

- collection highlights

- user-friendly database - with information about the items and browsability by themes/topics (not just A-Z)

- special features: virtual exhibitions? curiosities?

- a resources section

- user-information and guidelines

- a 'personal' touch: meet the team; guest curator

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BFI Beta

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The web pages for the BFI National Archive and 'Search My Film Archives' access to the regional film archive collections

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Welcome to the British Cartoon Archive - The British Cartoon Archive - University of Kent

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Welcome to the British Cartoon Archive at the University of Kent. The British Cartoon Archive is located in Canterbury at the University of Kent’s Templeman Library.

Established by JISC, this is potentially a model for BDC, quite text heavy, but well-organised and -presented. 

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Deutsches Film Institute: Archive & Bibliothek

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This section of the German Film Institute's website has an online database for its library, and provides links to other sources of information including the database of film technology: https://www.kameradatenbank.de/index.php/About/index. ;

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La Cinémathèque française

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Cinéma, expositions et musée - musee paris - cinema paris. Retrouvez la programmation de la Cinémathèque Française : projections, expositions, rencontres et ateliers. Horaires, informations pratiques et billetterie disponibles en ligne.

This website promotes France's film museum/archive/cinema. Its home page reflects its remit - which includes a museum, library and archive, as well as film screenings and events. It has an online database for researchers, but also does special features on the collections in the museum and archive: Zoom on an object, as well as 'virtual exhibitions'.

 

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Staffordshire Film Archive @ Staffordshire University

A Staffordshire showcase for nearly 3000 images primarily comprising 18th-19th century watercolours depicting Stafforshire...
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Scottish Screen Archive

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Scottish Screen Archive: a searchable database of Scottish film. It's based at the National Library of Scotland, and looks quite 'dry' and basic; but it has a good education and community access section: Scotland on Screen: http://scotlandonscreen.org.uk/. It also has a 'your films' page where you can make your own collection. 

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East Anglian Film Archive

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View over 200 hours of film for free from the East Anglian Film Archive.

East Anglia Film Archive website is essentially a database of films from the region, many of them viewable online. It is a university based collection, with the university link clear within the branding. It appears to be targeted at specialist audiences, although there is a themed 'highlights' section which allows some browsing. And there is a neat widget for browsing further on the 'Browsing' page.

It also contains papers and some artefacts which are available to view at the library.

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National Media Museum

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Home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance, the National Media Museum has 8 floors of FREE galleries and 3 cinemas including the UK’s first IMAX.

As well as promoting museum visits, a film programme, an education programme, inviting people to 'get involved', and the online shop, this site showcases the extensive collections of the museum.

 

The collections are searchable online, and are divided into five categories: photography, cinematography, television, new media, and collection resources. Each category is then further sub-divided. This makes it easy to browse to see what is there; each item is supported by a brief description. A side menu allows for easy jumping between categories. Each item is accompanied by up to 6 links to other similar items. 

 

The left sidebar also contains links to additional features of the site: 'Object of the month', 'On this day' (choose a date and see photos in the collection associated with it), Meet the team (information about and photographs of the team at work), Resources (information sheets, and a guide to the history of photography), research (information about visiting the musuem for research purposes); Donate and object (for people with objects that could be acquisitioned); Shop; and FAQ. 

 

The right sidebar contains featured items, including an addition 'curator's choice'.

 

 

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London Film Museum

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London Film Museum, the top London attraction for a great day out in London.

A simple website that just promotes the two museums.

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