Urgent Attention is Needed!
Over 100 cans of 16mm cine film dating from the mid 1930s through to the end of the twentieth century, (formerly in the care of the High Wycombe Film Society), depicting events in and around our town, need attention if they are to be preserved for future generations.
The films are in varying conditions but the first barrier to access is their format. Few people today have 16mm projection equipment and showing the films through traditional equipment causes them to deteriorate. It is therefore proposed to digitise their contents to enable them to be assessed and ultimately seen more widely.
While the exact content of some of the films remains a mystery, many local people will remember the Annual Film Shows that used to be a regular feature of the Wycombe Arts Festival. Our President, Stuart King, is leading the effort to preserve this important part of our Town’s heritage.
The High Wycombe Society is looking to raise a sum of £6000 to conserve these films and digitise their contents.
To assist with fundraising the Society has today launched a “justgiving” page: “Save Our Film Archive”.
Donations may also be made by cheques payable to “High Wycombe Society – Save Our Film Archive” and sent to: The High Wycombe Society Treasurer, Colin Hingston, 65 Deangarden Rise, High Wycombe, HO11 1RF.
Any surplus funds collected will be used on related Society heritage projects