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The National Archives gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organisations in realising this project:


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The Central Office of Information (COI)

COI is the centre of marketing excellence for government. It was established in 1946 to replace the wartime Ministry of Information and provide communication services to government departments. Over COI's 60 years, it has worked on thousands of groundbreaking projects that have helped to shape attitudes and change public behaviour as well as providing citizens with important information. COI's vast archive of work provides unique historical insight into culture and innovation, from dealing with the issues of post-war Britain right up to the innovative campaigns of today.


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Film Images

Film Images (London) was established in 1989 as a comprehensive film and video resource for organisations requiring clips and stock shots for all kinds of productions. They manage collections from a wide variety of sources worldwide, from government organisations, small collectors and individual cinematographers through to commercial film libraries. All their material is available on VHS viewing tapes and is fully searchable on an on-line database.


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The European Archive (EA)

The European Archive is a non-profit foundation created in Amsterdam in 2004 whose mission is to preserve online memory and foster access to cultural heritage on the Web. EA is a technological partner for traditional heritage institutions like The National Archives' in web archiving and digitisation and hosting of collections in its 200Tb Digital Repository. The EA has also a technological and collection peering agreement with the Internet Archive, a non-profit organisation based in San Francisco, which has been archiving the global web since 1996.

British Film Institute

A selection of films shown on this site are preserved at the bfi National Film Archive, which cares for, preserves and makes accessible the national film and television heritage. The bfi NFTVA is regarded as a world leader in the skills of preservation and restoration, much of which is done on site with international partners, and acts as the preservation agent for films and videos selected as Public Records by The National Archives.


The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC)

The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC)

The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) promotes the production, study and use of moving image and related media for higher education and research.  It is the leading centre in the UK for information on moving image content for higher education, for constructing high quality metadata and for preparing time-based media for online delivery.  It maintains a television recording back-up service on behalf of UK universities and colleges, for access under licence. Its online resources include the Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching, the Moving Image Gateway and the British Universities Newsreel Database. Through its research activities it has created substantial resources for the study of history through film, mostly recently by its Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project, ‘Cinemagazines and the Projection of Britain’, which is investigating how the cinemagazine format was used by the COI, and other organisations, to influence and inform international opinion on Britain’s position in a post-war world.