The Archives for Education project makes available 39 documentaries from the BFI National Archive and BBC Archive for creative reuse by student filmmakers on course-related projects in universities across the UK. Showreels featuring short clips from the films available can be viewed below. Films appear in chronological order.

The national roll-out of the scheme follows a successful pilot at Kingston University in 2017 led by filmmaker and academic, Dr. Shane O’Sullivan. This rich and diverse collection of films is now available to students and educators at universities across the UK through educational licensing agreements with the BFI and BBC.

Twenty-nine institutions are currently signed up to the scheme, including Arts University Bournemouth, Bangor, Bournemouth, Chester, Coventry, Derby, Falmouth, Future Works, Gloucestershire, Goldsmiths, Kent, Kingston, Leeds Trinity, Lincoln, Liverpool, London Southbank, Manchester, Middlesex, the National Film and Television School, Queen’s University Belfast, Ravensbourne, Roehampton, Royal Leamington Spa College, Screenology, Sheffield Hallam, Southampton Solent, University College Cork, University for the Creative Arts and Westminster. For more details, please contact Dr. Shane O’Sullivan at

Credits: Film stills and summaries used on this site are adapted with permission from the BFI Player, BBC iPlayer and BBC website and retain the copyright of the BFI, BBC and third-party rights holders. The film clips included in the showreels above are streamed with the permission of the BFI and BBC