Thursday, May 18, 2006

Launch of Screen Archive South East and the new online resource - Screen Search

South East Film & Video Archive presents its new identity - Screen Archive South East and is delighted to announce the launch of its new online catalogue - Screen Search.
The Screen Archive South East was established at the University of Brighton in 1992 and the name change signifies a new beginning for the collection. The archive's function is to locate, collect, preserve, provide access to and promote research and use of screen material related to the South East of England. The name change captures a wider collection interest for the archive - now focusing not only on film and video but also on the magic lantern and on the new digital media of the 21st Century.
The Screen Archive South East's new website is available at:
The launch of a new e-resource, Screen Search, also means that for first time the archive's unique collection is searchable online. The resource can be found at:
Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, Screen Search aims to be a key resource for learning, teaching and research in the South East region. It contains an enhanced catalogue of selected films from the Screen Archive South East, plus over 100 film clips and over 250 stills. The resource, which is being added to every week, combines extensive contextual information on the films, with links to reference resources around the region and the UK.
Users can search the collection and find films ranging from temperance protests in Brighton in the early 1900s to 21st century surfers on the South coast. Films from around the South East of England including Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Brighton & Hove and Medway are represented in the archive. Users of the site can also browse the collection, looking at themes such as 'family life' in the region or 'the seaside' on film.
Dr Frank Gray, Director of Screen Archive South East said: "Films connect with living memory and this archive brings the past to life in an exciting and innovative way. This collection represents a unique social, cultural and historical record of the region on film and we are contributing to people's knowledge as well as plugging into the new digital world".

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