Film Archiving


BFI Film Workshop, 22 & 23 March 2011

The Hanging Out project’s latest training opportunity gave ten talented young people the chance to take part in an Archive Film Research Workshop at the BFI, Southbank. The one day course, led by the BFI’s programmer for young people, Noel Goodwin, focused on youth culture in the film scene of the 1950s and 1960s.

The ten volunteers were introduced to the BFI’s mediatheque centre, where digital copies of more than 18,000 films can be viewed. They spent a productive morning viewing presentations of youth culture in a range of films, from social documentaries, such as We Are the Lambeth Boys, a vivid ‘fly on the wall’ portrait of life in a London youth centre, to popular fiction such as Cliff Richard’s Expresso Bongo.

“I would recommend this course to any of my friends that are interested in film making.”
- Cristina


“I plan on studying
Film Studies at university
so I thought this
course might be helpful.”

- Natalie

After lunch, the volunteers presented their pitches for a short documentary about youth culture in the 1950s and 1960s, briefly describing the thematic focus of their film and listing archive clips which they would include to illustrate their key message. Each group came up with creative and original ideas, exploring how young people enjoyed and engaged with fashion and music in the 1950s and 1960s.

 “I gained confidence when presenting my documentary because I was with older people"
- Claudia, A level Student


“I learned a lot about
youth in the 1950s and
1960s, and it was
 interesting meeting new
people and finding out
what they were doing.”

- Yodit

The next day, as a special treat, the group went on a trip to the National Film Archive in Berkhamsted. This is where the entire Film Archive collection is stored and cared for. The group was given a guided tour of the building and witnessed restoration techniques in action.


“I enjoyed working with people my age and younger. It is rare at the moment to get to do this.”
-Anya, History graduate


For most of the young people, the high quality training received at the BFI Film Archive Workshop is only the start of their involvement with the Hanging Out project. They will now be invited to take part in a range of other activities from sourcing footage for the Hanging Out documentary to volunteering at the project launch at the V&A in 2012.

“It is a fun course,
and educational”

- Christabel

“The Hanging Out project is all about young people engaging with heritage that is relevant to their lives,” says Educational Coordinator Emma Golby-Kirk, “so it is vital to the success of the project that young people play a key role in investigating and interpreting the key themes.”


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