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London's Screen Archives' Regional Survey of Moving Image Holdings and Use 

London's Screen Archives and Film London, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, are carrying out a region-wide survey of archive moving image holdings and use. The findings will inform our funding and support strategy for archive film in London, including the development of a major HLF-funded project - 'London - A Bigger Picture'.

If you work in a public collection that holds moving image materials (eg, archive, library, museum, school, university, other organisation), please take the online Collections Survey:

If you use, or plan to use, archive film in your work (eg, community group, reminiscence project, festival, etc.), please take the online Users Survey:

The last archive film survey for London, carried out in 2004, resulted in nearly £400,000 of investment coming into London's screen heritage sector. We hope to achieve similar results this time, but can only do so with the information requested in the survey. The questions are largely multiple choice, but we also urge you to use space provided to give us your comments and ideas. For further information, please contact Chris Jones, London Screen Heritage Co-ordinator:; 0207 613 7697.

Exploring 20th-Century London

A new website bringing together the 20th-century collections of 14 London museums, offering a unique insight into London's recent past.

A partnership between the Museum of London, London Transport Museum, the Jewish Museum, Museum of Croydon, Bishopsgate Institute, Brent Museum, Bromley Museum, Hampstead Museum, Horniman Museum, Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, World Rugby Museum, Redbridge Museum, Bruce Castle Museum, and the Geffrye Museum.

Exploring 20th-century London's aim to to make the collections held by the partner museums more accessible and at the same time linking the objects to the broader history of London.  The site is intended to provide a large quantity of material which people can use to pursue their own interests and projects. There is also a section of the site 'Tales of 20th century London'  created  for children. Objects range from Routemaster buses to architectural designs; 1970s platform shoes to paintings and artworks and family photographs.