FAUK has embarked on an exciting project that will help shape the network’s future and deliver its mission to support the public film archive sector. FAUK is delighted to be working with Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan Associates to deliver the ‘Projecting Digital Futures’ project, which is supported by The National Archives through its Networks for Change programme.

Consultant Archivist, Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan, and her colleague, Heidi Bellamy, will work with FAUK and its members over the next year to deliver the project and chart the network’s future direction as it seeks to address key challenges facing the sector including digital capacity and skills. Elizabeth and Heidi attended FAUK’s quarterly meeting in March to meet with members to discuss the ambitions of the project. 

Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan (left) and Heidi Bellamy (right)

Commenting about the project, Elizabeth said:

“We are delighted to be able to support FAUK in developing its plans for the future. The public film archive sector is a vital and highly engaging element in our shared documentary history. We hope our work will enable FAUK to expand its aspirations and activities in support of film archives and collections, broaden audiences and raise the sector’s profile.”

The project marks an important milestone for the network ten years since its founding and almost a quarter of a century since its predecessor body, the Film Archive Forum, was formed to bring together those involved in the UK’s burgeoning public film archive sector. Chair of FAUK, Clare Watson, said:

“FAUK has a long and rich history thanks to the dedication of members and those who have devoted themselves to building a network that provides a voice for our sector. We are thrilled to be working with Elizabeth and Heidi whose wealth of experience and expertise will be invaluable in helping us to seize this amazing opportunity to build on FAUK’s foundations.”

During the first phase of the project FAUK is inviting anyone who is responsible for, or who works in, a UK- or Irish-based film archive or other organisation that holds, preserves and provides public access to moving image archive collections to TAKE OUR SURVEY. 

The survey closes on Friday 30th April at 5pm. 

If you have any questions about the survey please contact Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan at