North West Film Archive’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition

29920106This month, the North West Film Archive celebrates 40 years of working to save the region’s filmed heritage with an exhibition in Manchester Central Library.

The NWFA collection now contains over 50,000 items from the pioneer days of film in the mid-1890s to born-digital production of the present day, incorporating the work of the amateur and the professional – any age, any gauge.

The Film Archive also holds complimentary collections of photographs, documents, ephemera and objects, and this exhibition provides a spotlight for some of the lesser known items within these collections.

These are rarely requested by the public, but provide an insight into the history of the region’s significant film and cinema industries. Manchester Central Library’s vintage vitrines bring together photographs of cinema interiors and exteriors and the people who worked in them, architect’s watercolours, glass lantern slides, and a miscellany of objects and curiosities.

The NWFA 40th Anniversary Exhibition runs until 28th June on the First Floor of Manchester Central Library. We’re looking forward to the next 40 years!

The North West Film Archive is part of Library Services at Manchester Met. Find out more about the Archive at and in the newest issue of Met Magazine.