Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Values of Film Heritage: Defining, Assessing and Bringing Them to People

“The School of Media and Communication (SMC) and the Cultural & Creative Industries Exchange at the University of Leeds are glad to invite you to the 2nd SMC Audiovisual Heritage Meeting in conjunction with the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage:

European policy-makers have only recently started taking into account film heritage. Digital technology seems to have been the driving force as a number of digitization projects have been initiated around Europe with mixed results (Images for the Futures, BBC Digital Media, European Film Gateway).

At the same time, an increasing number of scholars in film and media studies began considering the importance of engaging with film heritage. These engagements were often driven by the perceived potentialities that digital technology offer in restoring and providing access to collections.

This focus often seems to obscure underlying questions and concerns related to the relationship between access, conservation and preservation. To this end the meeting seeks to examine three fundamental questions:

  • Should policymakers support film heritage preservation and audience development with more conviction and why does it matter?
  • Why might it be important to systematically integrate archival discourse into Film and Media Studies?
  • What are the practical initiatives that archives, universities and policy-makers need to focus on and support?


9.30 am – Coffee and Tea

10 am – Introduction

10.15 – 11.00 am – Simon Popple (University of Leeds, School of Media and Communication, Senior Lecturer in Cinema and Deputy Head of School) [plenary speech]

11.00 – 11.45 am – David Walsh (Imperial War Museum – London / International Federation of Film Archives) [plenary speech]

11.45 am- 12.15 pm – Coffee break

12.15 pm – 1.30 pm – Round table (chaired by Luca Antoniazzi): Professor Vanessa Toulmin (University of Sheffield) Professor Andrew Higson (University of York) Paul Goodman (National Media Museum) and David Wilson (Bradford UNESCO City of Film)

1.30 pm – Lunch

Admission is FREE but registration is required. You can register following this link:



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