About us

The Scottish Screen Archive is a film and video collection of over 100 years of Scotland's history.

The archive reflects:

The archive houses more than 32,000 items, mostly non-fiction, including:

Home movies

Amateur footage makes up a large part of the collection. These unique items tell us about the lives of the film-makers and their families, as well as the Scotland they observed on camera.

Gaelic broadcasts

With funding from Seirbheis nam Meadhanan Gaidhlig, we preserve on videotape television broadcasts in Gaelic since 1993.

Non-film items

In addition to the moving images, we have:

Find out more

The archive was set up in 1976 to find, protect and provide access to Scotland's moving image heritage. It has been part of the Collections Department at the National Library of Scotland since 1 April 2007. To learn more about our extensive moving image collection, you can:

To deposit moving images, please contact the Archive Acquisitions Officer: ssaacquisitions@nls.uk.

For details of education services and community access projects, e-mail the Education and Outreach Officer at ssaeducation@nls.uk.

The Scottish Screen Archive is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Heritage Lottery Fund.

Bus on country road

Busman's holiday

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Children at cinema

Children at cinema

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Aberdeen, 1960

Aberdeen, 1960

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News and events

Details of Scottish Screen Archive developments and events.


Find out how you can use archive film in all areas of learning and teaching.

Getting copies

Details of how to order copies of films and videos, plus delivery information and terms and conditions.

Paying online for your copies

A step-by-step guide to paying online for your SSA film copies.

Terms and conditions for purchase / hire of moving images

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Commercial service

Read about the library service we offer to those seeking footage for commercial or broadcast use.

Donate moving images

We are always interested in hearing from anyone who may have footage relating to Scottish life.

Donate films / videos shot in Scotland, 1970-2010

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Written archives

Learn about our collection of manuscripts, printed material and memorabilia relating to the history of film.

Visiting us

Directions and map links for your visit to the Scottish Screen Archive.

Contact us

How to get in touch with us.

Related links

Links to associated organisations.

Benefits of registering with the National Library of Scotland

Find out about how to register and why.