//www.flickr.com/photos/neilt/The Institute of Communications Studies at Leeds University hosted on March 15th a one-day conference entitled ‘Moving Image Archiving and the Academy’. The event brought together archivists and academics with a common interest in discussing the enhancing of accessibility to audiovisual archival material. Attention was brought to the importance of audiovisual archives for historical research and higher education uses. Practices of curating and preserving audiovisual materials so as to facilitate and enrich interpretations of history were discussed, as well as ways in which academic research influences and informs the archival of audiovisual materials.The relevance, but also the practicality and challenges of online presentation and access to audiovisual materials constituted a recurrent issue throughout the day. International academics together with representatives from Institut National de l’audiovisuel, British Film Institute, East Anglican Film Archive were present. Video Active, by its representative Dana Mustata from Utrecht University, brought on the conference agenda the issue of creating access to European television history with a focus on merging academic and archival practices. The Video Active presentation slides can be found online.

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