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Hollywood legend backs campaign for Scotland's Moving Image Archive

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Oscar winning movie director Martin Scorsese is among a group of leading figures backing a campaign to help the public enjoy more than a century of Scotland on film.

The National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive will transfer to a new home within a transformed Kelvin Hall in Glasgow this autumn and the Library has launched a fundraising campaign to secure the final £250,000 to create state-of-the-art facilities for viewing and studying this unique national collection. Mr Scorsese is joined by Scots-born Hollywood film producer Iain Smith, actors Brian Cox, Alan Cumming and Bill Paterson, crime writer Ian Rankin and broadcaster Kirsty Wark in supporting the campaign.

Mr Scorsese said: 'Moving image archives hold our common memory. For that reason, we need to care for them, and treasure them. That is our obligation. We owe it to future generations. Films shouldn’t be locked away and neglected in a vault somewhere. They need to be protected and preserved, but they also need to be seen, studied, and enjoyed. I enthusiastically support the efforts to develop the Scottish Moving Image Archive, and I urge you all to support this vitally important initiative.'

ABOUT THE ARCHIVE

Scotland’s Moving Image Archive is the national collection of amateur and professional films which reflect Scottish life, society, industry and culture from the 1890s to the present day. It holds over 46,000 items in total.

In the autumn it will move from its current home on an industrial estate at Hillington outside Glasgow to a purpose-built facility at the Kelvin Hall. The central location will make it easier for the public to visit and take advantage of the new facilities for exploring the archive.

The fundraising campaign will help to create improved viewing and learning areas including videowalls to showcase films, a public drop-in area, a curated content area, research space, viewing booths and manuscript consultation space. There will also be a small cinema to provide a high quality screening experience. Visitors to the Kelvin Hall will also be able to access digit?al content from across the Library’s 24 million items and explore a permanent exhibition space.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so by visiting the Library's website where you can also see a special film about the campaign.

(Images: Martin Scorsese copyright Brigitte Lacombe)

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