Culture secretary James Purnell said the archive, held in Hertfordshire, was "a national treasure" that constituted "a visual history of Britain since the moving image again".
"From the earliest newsreels to CinemaScope to 3D, the BFI archive is one of the greatest collections of film and TV in the world. It's vital that we safeguard its future."
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The government has pledged £25m to the BFI towards the upkeep of its film and TV archive, reports BBC News.