A million feet of Scottish film now saved

Wedding party
Wedding of the 4th
Marquess of Bute
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Over one million feet of Scottish history on film has been saved for the nation by the Scottish Screen Archive.

At the end of three-year digitisation project, the archive has transferred 420 hours of original film to digital videotape. This means that 2,800 titles are available to the public for the first time.

Restoring damaged film

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project allowed the archive to set up a digital restoration facility. Staff now use cutting-edge techniques to restore damaged films.The first film to be completed using the new technology was The Wedding of the 4th Marquess of Bute, a private film made in 1905.

Watch clips online
Campaigners with election banner
Town Council Election
, 1928-1929.
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You can watch around 1,000 film clips on the revamped Scottish Screen Archive website. All the new titles are included in the online access catalogue, where you can search and browse a wide range of subjects, such as:

  • A ship launch in 1903
  • A town council election day (1928-1929)
  • Domestic life in 1950s Glasgow
  • Highlights of Scotland's win at Wembley in 1967.

You can read more in the Scottish Screen Archive press release.


20 March 2008

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