Mediating Northern Identities through Visual Heritage: An Unfinished Journey

  • Heather Norris NicholsonEmail author


Northern England is significant in the histories of early cinema and regional archival film collection. This chapter traces how two public regional film archives within the North of England have brought greater visibility of changing patterns of ethnic diversity into their respective collections of moving image. Attention focuses on different initiatives that enable more inclusive understanding of northern experiences and challenge narrowly conceived and stereotyped communities and identities. Greater acknowledgement of the diversity of northern experience, as discussed here with particular reference to evolving black and Asian identities captured in amateur and professionally made film, give archive materials both historical and contemporary significance in contributing to dynamic and fluid multi-ethnic narratives of twentieth- and twenty-first-century regional life.


Regional Identity Visible Minority Asian Identity Regional Distinctiveness Regional Life 
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  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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