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24/05/2006

Creative Archive pilots content from the BBC regional archive

Every region has been shaped by the iconic news stories of its past, and through the Creative Archive Licence pilot the BBC is opening its archive of news clips from Devon, Cornwall, Lincolnshire and Humberside so users can freely download and keep more than 100 TV clips for their own personal use.
The released clips feature key moments in local history such as dramatic scenes from the miners' strikes, incredible shots of the Torrey Canyon disaster, shocking images of devastating flooding in Boscastle and Lincolnshire, and emotional scenes as Falklands soldiers come home to their families.
The archive also contains interviews with celebrities such as The Beatles and key political figures such as Harold Wilson and Arthur Scargill.
There are also nostalgic gems like footage of holiday makers at a Torquay holiday camp, stockbrokers - complete with bowler hats and rolled umbrellas - skating to work during the big freeze of 1963 and a 1964 television report about the new fashion for boys to have long hair!
This footage is not just available to watch - under the terms of the Creative Archive Licence users can download, edit and share the clips so that the key images of the past can be rediscovered and reshaped by a new generation.
Paul Gerhardt, Project Director of the Creative Archive Licence Group, said: "We're really excited to be rolling out the next phase of the Creative Archive pilot.
"As we make these new archives available we are offering content not only for use in the communities in Devon and Cornwall, Humberside and Lincolnshire but also to the UK public as a whole.
"Beside the familiar programme titles, the BBC's archives have much that is relevant and useful for local history lovers."
The Creative Archive Licensing Group consists of the BBC, the bfi, Channel 4, the Open University, Teachers TV, the Community Channel and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
Content (moving images, audio and stills) made available under the licence allows people within the UK to watch, download and edit clips and programmes for non-commercial purposes.
The BBC's Creative Archive Licence pilot was awarded an Interactive Bafta for Interactive Innovation, at the British Academy Television Craft Awards, for the Open Earth Archive.
The British Academy Television Craft Awards honour those people who work behind the scenes to create excellent and exciting content. These Baftas also look to encourage to developing new talent and reward emerging talent.
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