Caught the end of this week’s repeat of ‘National Treasures’ (Radio 4) – which pitched Canterbury Cathedral up against Damien Hirst’s diamond skull for their national cultural value. Great programme and referred to programme two, where the Cutty Sark and the BFI national archive were discussed as worthy causes for public money.
On listen again, caught a fascinating programme about the value of the moving image against an ancient, preserved monument – the whole programme worth it to hear Terence Davies argue so convincingly and passionately about the value of filmmaking. It was a done-deal – BFI won hands-down.
The ability to access this archive now at the BFI is a fantastic asset – one perhaps to develop for dispersal on-line, or otherwise to benefit ‘Our Friends in the North’?