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The High Wycombe Society

Save Our Film Archive

The High Wycombe Society has recently become the guardian of a collection of 16mm films of local historical interest and wants to digitise them and make them more widely accessible.
Charity Registration No: 257897

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Saving the History of Our Town

The High Wycombe Society has recently become the guardian of over 100 cans of film, dating from the mid 1930s through to the end of the twentieth century. Formerly belonging to the High Wycombe Film Society (an organisation which no longer exists), they depict events in and around the town of High Wycombe, and are in need of expert attention if their contents are to be preserved and made accessible for future generations.

The films are in varying conditions but the first barrier to access is their format. Few people nowadays have access to 16mm projection equipment, and even when this is available, using it to show old films increases their wear. The Society is therefore seeking funds to digitise the films, which we see as a necessary first step, enabling the content to be fully assessed without causing further deterioration. This is a costly exercise.

Please note that any surplus funds raised will be directed to related High Wycombe Society heritage projects,

Until work begins, we will not know for certain exactly what is on any of the films. While some labels give a good indication of what to expect, others remain an element of mystery. Please be aware that the gallery of photographs below is compiled from other historical sources and serves only as a reminder of High Wycombe's rich heritage.

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Angela Hector

7 days ago

£20.00

Louise McAward-White

1 month ago

Hope you manage to get them preserved, and if you need someone to document them at all - let me know!

£15.00

Anonymous

1 month ago

Great project - want our granddaughter to be able to see the films.

Peter Bond

1 month ago

I was born in Wycombe during the war into a old Wycombe family. My great uncle was one time Mayor of Wycombe . Most of my family worked in the Chair industry,

£10.00

Anonymous

1 month ago

Would be great to see these cinefilms when they have been digitised and, hopefully, restored?

£20.00

About the charity

The High Wycombe Society
The High Wycombe Society

We aim to bring together all who care about the town of High Wycombe: its past, its present and its future.

Charity Registration No: 257897

http://www.highwycombesociety.org.uk

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Save Our Film Archive

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