Into Archive Film: Past Present Future

Black and white image of girl with a cinecamera.
Black and white image of girl with a cinecamera.




Medium (5-11 activities)


England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

This resource is designed to support educators to explore and work with a wide range of archive film, including films made before 1929, historic and contemporary documentary and newsreel film and films made by children and young people.

In this resource there are a selection of activities to support active film watching and responding to archive film through filmmaking, split into the five broad topc areas of; community, filmmaking, storytelling, historical events and then and now: technology, fashion, architecture and our daily lives. The resource includes some suggested archive film titles available from the Into Film catalogue and BFI Britain on Film, and curriculum areas that these films could support. However, this resource works equally well to support activity in an extra-curricular film club or non-school setting. 

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This Resource Supports

  • Art and Design
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • Information Computing Technology
  • Literacy
  • Media Studies
  • Moving Image Arts
  • Music
  • PSHE Education
  • Personal

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