"The fantastic films included in Memory Bank are a valuable resource for anyone doing reminiscence work."
Yorkshire Film Archive
The Yorkshire Film Archive is a registered charity which finds, preserves and provides public access to moving image made in or about the Yorkshire region.
Our growing collections currently contain over 16,000 titles, ranging from films made by the early film pioneers of the late 1890s, to recent footage of changing landscapes and life in our region. Whether you’re interested in seeing Queen Victoria visiting Sheffield in 1897, taking a sentimental journey on the Scarborough to Whitby railway line in 1965, visiting the Bradford Festival Mela in 1998, or anything in between, you’ll find that our collections really do offer something for everyone.
We’re based at York St John University, where our purpose-built premises include temperature and humidity controlled film vaults for safeguarding the collections, and specialist viewing and editing facilities to help us in our work to make the collections accessible for everyone to see and enjoy. We also have a public viewing room, where you can – by prior appointment – research films from our collections.
Providing access to our collections is at the heart of our work; the films that we hold were made to be seen and enjoyed, not to be locked away in vaults, or left to fade away in rusty film cans. By preserving these films, we can make them available for people to share and enjoy, and our work on Memory Bank is about opening up our film collections specifically for reminiscence therapy and life story work.
If you would like to find out more about the Yorkshire Film Archive you can view over 60 hours of online footage on our website, and explore our catalogue to discover what else is in our collection, or find out how you can deposit your films with us.