FAUK members treated to VIP tour of Scotland’s new Moving Image Archive


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FAUK members headed north of the border for FAUK’s quarterly meeting last December, by kind invitation of fellow member Ruth Washbrook.


As Head of Moving Image and Sound Collections at Scotland’s National Library and Moving Image Archive, Ruth was delighted to treat members to a special tour of the wonderful new resource at Kelvin Hall which was opened only a month earlier by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.




Members not only toured the new home of Scottish archive ahead of the meeting but also met for dinner the night before at popular Glasgow restaurant, The Ubiquitous Chip –  reknowned for its focus on food produced from Scotland’s larder.


The dinner was a welcome opportunity for members to catch up in a more relaxed atmosphere. The evening was also a farewell to fellow member, James Patterson, as he started his retirement after 37 years of working with archive film and the last 16 as Director of Media Archive for Central England.

Prior to the tour of the archive, Ruth gave an update on the development, reporting that the new Kelvin Hall premises had received over 6,000 visitors in three months (including tours, conferences attendees etc). Staff were very pleased with the 18 MB/sec streaming onsite (cf BBC’s 3 MB/sec!). The 117-seater auditorium has 2K projection.

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Ruth reported that the Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was extremely enthusiastic when she visited to officially open the resource, and to top it all, the development coincided with the Moving Image Archive’s 40th birthday, so there had been much to celebrate in 2016.

Ruth accompanied FAUK members  on a tour around the very impressive digital discovery centre and new archive premises at Kelvin Hall. It was a great opportunity for all members to share information and experience.


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A big thank you and congratulations to Ruth and her team for such kind hospitality and offering FAUK such a great insight into this amazing resource.
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