Lighthorne Rough Gaydon

British Film Institute

For many years now, the British Film Institutes archive of highly volatile nitrate and other films has been housed in the former remote weapons ‘clutch’ store for V-bombers constructed in 1955 at Lighthorne Rough to serve RAF Gaydon. In recent years the site has undergone much re-development including the demolition of two of the original stores, 3 remain in place. Before demolition took place Warwickshire CC completed a detailed archaeological recording complete with diagrams which can be found below.

Click here to watch a video of the work of the archive – the old bunkers are visible at the start
The new building has been designed to improve the conditions in which the archive is kept and prevent it from deteriorating – and deal with the risk of nitrate film catching fire. The BFI’s Head of Collections & Information, Ruth Kelly showed BBC News around the old and new storage facilities, as well as what happens to film when it is not stored correctly.

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