BFI Heritage 2022 Video Tape Collections Audit

We welcome this opportunity to determine the significance of our collection of videotapes and ascertain their preservation requirements and public value. The project seeks to map out the range of collections held, their subject matter, provenance, uniqueness and value as moving image records.

We have 3,650 tapes from a wide range of sources that includes broadcast TV and work by artists, amateurs, institutions and communities which are on multiple tape formats: Betamax, Umatic, Digi-beta, Betacam, S-VHS, DVCam, Hi-8, Mini-dv and VHS.

By January 2019 we should have completed the audit and will look forward to the possibility of digitising the material and safeguarding this ‘at risk’ footage for the future.