What we collect

Screen Archive South East collects and preserves unique screen material (magic lantern slides, film, videotape and digital formats and associated screen hardware and documentation) that shows many aspects of life, work and creativity in the South East.

We also collect technical apparatus that helps us to tell the story of moving images and screen history in the region. These include magic lanterns, old film and video cameras, projectors, editors and instruction manuals, which are valuable for teaching and museum displays.

The Young Squire's Wedding at Warnham Court (1923)

Collection Criteria

The main criterion for acquiring material is that it has clear associations with the South East of England (the counties of East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey and Kent and the unitary authorities of Brighton & Hove and Medway). It should have most of the following characteristics:

  • it has been produced in the region either by or about an individual, family, community, society, institution or company;
  • the subject matter represents life, work and creativity in the region;
  • it has demonstrable historical, cultural and educational value;
  • it informs and enhances our knowledge of our existing collection.

Occasionally, SASE may accept non-regional material that complements our collection of screen media and our interest in screen history. We do not usually collect material that is already held in other archives.

Depositing/Donating material with us

If you have screen material such as films, videos or film-making equipment that you wish the Archive to consider for its collection, please complete our Online Pre-deposit Form to give us more information about what you are offering.

Alternatively, you can print out and return the downloadable forms to us by email or by post.
Download Pre-deposit form (PDF)
Download Pre-deposit form (Word)

how to upload films to Screen Archive South East

Online Pre-deposit Form:

For information on how to upload films to Screen Archive South East, take a look at these instructions as a handy PDF guide.

We will review your request and aim to send you a response within 3 months, advising you whether we are accepting your material for assessment.