North West Film Archive

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The Archive cares for over 38,000 items from the pioneer days of film in the mid 1890s to video production of the present day. The work of both the professional and the amateur is collected.

Local residents and groups can take advantage of the NWFA's free research, viewing and loan services. Users may be researching their family history, planning a social event, creating a community display, or simply interested in finding out more about the region's heritage through moving images. Film shows are presented around the region during the year.

The educational and learning potential of the Archive's collections is widely recognised - from the availability of dedicated resource packs for classroom use in primary and secondary schools, to special screenings for 'Over 50s' clubs and the University of the 3rd Age.

NWFA footage is used to illustrate and illuminate exhibitions in museums, galleries and libraries. Subsidised fees apply to arts, heritage and library partners in the region - please call us to discuss your needs.

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Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9 -5

Admission charges


Collection details

Archives, Film and Media

North West Film Archive
Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Central Library
Albert Square
Greater Manchester
M60 2LA




0161 247 3097


0161 247 3098

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.