Tuesday 20 October 2009

British Film Institute receive £45 million Government investment

I just saw the announcement on BBC News that the British Film Institute's National Film Centre have received confirmation of £45 million investment from the Government. The BFI have confirmed that they can now go ahead with plans for a new National Film Centre on London's Southbank. They plan to "create a world-leading centre for the study, enjoyment and celebration of film and television." I have only seen or read about a tiny percentage of the archives at the BFI and even from that it is obvious what a wonderful resource for scholars, film enthusiasts and the general public they are, so it is very good news indeed to hear that the Government is giving them, and our moving image heritage, the recognition and support it needs and deserves. The announcement is available to view on the website of the Department for Culture, Media and Support.

This is all very timely given that the 27 October is UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage!

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