London’s Screen Archives is a unique network of organisations that hold archive film collections, with a shared vision – to bring film heritage alive for London.
Managed by Film London, the network comprises local and borough archives, museums, galleries, public sector bodies, community groups, and national charities. We work with our members to digitise their films and ensure the long-term sustainability of their moving image collections, as well as offering opportunities for public engagement through screenings and events, volunteering programmes, training and education.
You can also support LSA as an individual:
watch the films and leave a comment, sharing a memory or your knowledge of a particular person or place.
We also license content on behalf of some of the network members. Explore the catalogue or get in touch with the team if you have a licensing enquiry. Previous clients and project partners include Discovery Channel, Sky, BBC South East, Chocolate Films, Free Film Festivals, and more.
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Watch a selection of London's Screen Archive footage:
VE & VJ Day central London and Stratford (1945)
LSA's preserves the capital's most prised memories, including these jubilant scenes of VE & VJ Day celebrations in London caught by filmmaker Sydney Francis Martin. Clip courtesy of Redbridge Museum and Heritage Centre.
Notting Hill Carnival (1976)
From amateur films of Notting Hill Carnival to home movies, newsreels, local borough archives and museum collections, you can freely watch over 1,500 titles via the LSA catalogue. Clip courtesy of Vestry House Museum.
Annual Sports Day Organised by Platt’s Stores, Hounslow (1912)
As this 1912 film of a shop workers' sports day demonstrates, the LSA collection is a extensive resource that spans more than a 100 years of London's moving image history. Clip courtesy of Hounslow Local Studies and Archives.