Capturing the past for posterity

DO you have film footage from the past 40 years of anywhere in Scotland?

Perhaps you have forgotten about films and videos that you have shot and they are gathering dust in attics and cupboards.

The Scottish Screen Archive (SSA), part of the National Library of Scotland, is collecting film footage before it is lost forever.

Your films will be added to the national collection of film held by the SSA which provides a unique record of Scotland in the 20th century.

Since the 1980s, most individuals, organisations or community groups have used video to capture ordinary life, local events, changes to their neighbourhood or to promote local interests.

However as video is becoming increasingly obsolete, tapes are being thrown away.

The SSA is appealing to the public for help in saving these unique visual records from the last few decades to ensure the most complete record of life in Scotland from the 1970s up to the present day is preserved.

In particular it is looking for film/video/digital media material, fiction or non-fiction from video workshops/community groups/action groups/video clubs/promotional films for local industries/charities/tourism/sport and leisure, footage of significant changes in communities, special community events such as galas and Millennium celebrations.

To donate, complete an online submission form at, e-mail or phone 0845 366 4608.

The SSA would also like films made by children for a project run in conjunction with Glasgow University.

For more information go to the project website