While it took many decades for some skeptics to realize the importance of maintaining archives devoted to preserving film and television programs, the movement has certainly gained a critical mass of interested organizations in recent years. One particularly nice online resource for such matters is the Moving History website, which serves as a research guide to the United Kingdom’s twelve public sector film archives. With support from Britain’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, the site includes sections that describe each of the collections, along with a lovely selection of 100 film clips. The clips can be browsed by theme and host archive, and they include depictions of British “holiday-making” trips and segments from the popular British television series, “Steptoe and Son”. The site is rounded out by the inclusion of a set of links to related organizations, such as the Association of Moving Image Archivists and the British Pathé Film Archive.
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