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.