The work of archiving films is a complex one. Are you interested in learning
more about the preservation of film heritage or are you hoping to learn more
about how to better manage a collection of materials under your charge? Then
this course could be for you. No prior archiving working knowledge is required
and the course is suitable for staff responsible for film heritage collections
such as librarians, archivists, technicians, curators, and collections managers.
Using pre-programme site visits, seminars, and short film excerpts, this
introductory programme will provide an overview on the fundamentals of what
distinguishes a film archive from a library or museum. The course will delve
into how moving image materials are identified for preservation, caring for
these collections, developing appropriate handling and documentation procedures,
and establishing policies for access to, and use of, the collections.
covered in each module:
Week 1: 1 Dec 09
1. What is a Film Archive? This module
discusses the historical development and philosophies of moving image archives,
delving into the principles, protocols and reasons for archiving.
Week 2: 8 Dec
2. Safeguarding the Collection This module looks at issues of appraisal,
selection, conservation and storage.
Week 3: 15 Dec 09
3. Documentation This
module deals with the day-to-day management and development of collections,
policies and practices, and the dating of films from technology and content.
Week 4: 22 Dec 09
4. Access: Research, Re-use, Re-Release This module looks at
the ethical and legal issues, copyright and intellectual property concerns, and
the repurposing and reusing of material.
About the instructor
from the film archiving programme at the University of East Anglia (UK) in 2007,
where she also interned at the Norfolk Sound Archive (UK). Her film archiving
interest lies in the provenance, context and ambiance of film heritage material.
Together with gaining knowledge and understanding of New Zealand’s cultural and
heritage sectors, she has enjoyed a variety of employment opportunities with
Archives New Zealand and within the New Zealand public service and museum
professions. Deborah completed several contracts with the New Zealand Office of
Film and Literature Classification as a technical officer and trainee
projectionist. These roles built on her previous film industry experience as a
negative cutter and film-editing assistant. Deborah has taken two months leave
from her current position with the New Zealand Ministry of Education to learn
more about Asian film heritage and exchange knowledge and experiences with the
Asian Film Archive.
Dates & Time
01, 08, 15, 22 Dec 2009 (Tue)
9:00am – 1:00pm
Price (inclusive of tea break)
$160 for 4 modules
($50 per module)
Oldham Lecture Room
National Archives of Singapore (NAS)
1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868 – Off Hill Street, beside Registry of Marriages
30 Nov 09
An acknowledgement email will be sent upon confirmation of registration.
Cheque made payable to
Asian Film Archive