New training for film archive’s digital transition

We are delighted to announce Film Archives for the Future, marking our new partnerships with the film and media archive community and our commitment to help future-proof this valuable, diverse sector.

Delivered by Yorkshire Film Archive this is one of the first programmes to emerge from Creative Skillset’s new investment in archival skills, to support the future of archives during a time of digital transition.

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We know from our market research that the opportunity to come together to share thinking is really needed: many of our colleagues work in small teams, but we are tackling huge issues which need collaboration across organisations. The Film Archives for the Future programme offers a real opportunity to develop our thinking as we all plan for the digital future." Sue Howard, Director, Yorkshire Film Archive

The Film Archives for the Future programme focusses on Professional Training and Development for public sector organisations and individuals working in, or with a specific interest in, the UK’s Film Heritage collections.

This series of events comes at a time of huge change for the sector as archives step up to meet the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from analogue to digital operations. The programme has been jointly supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund and Film Archives UK, and will cover a range of topics from digital preservation, infrastructures and asset management through to the potential for new commercial opportunities, and digital engagement strategies to explore curating content to connect with a whole spectrum of different audiences.  

The first event will take place over two days on 16-17 September and will focus on ‘the bigger picture’ – digital infrastructures, sharing of common metadata standards, and rights information management – all subjects which are at the forefront of planning for the sector’s future. 

The approach taken will be practical - we will be drawing on a range of professional expertise with speakers from ITV, BFI, Cambridge Imaging Systems and University of York, who will all be sharing experiences with underlying principles, processes and practices that are equally applicable to many smaller scale archives.

The Film Archives UK AGM will also be held in York on 17th September, prior to the Training Sessions.

Are you an archive professional or organisation?

Find out more and register for training using the links below:

Read more about Film Archive for the Future | Public sector archive and film heritage organisations and professionals

Read more about Archive Sector Enterprise Training (ASSET) | Commercial archive and digital asset management

Speak to our Archive Partnership Manager

If you are an organisation working in archive who is interested in working with us to develop training, we would love to hear from you. Speak to Madeline Bates, Archive Partnership Manager to find out more about the support we are offering the archive sector.


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