The Institute places considerable importance on external partnerships, both formal and informal.

Links with the British Film Institute are well established, and members contribute to the screenonline web site, notes and commentaries accompanying BFI DVD releases and Southbank screenings, and significant publications to Palgrave’s BFI imprint.

The Institute also works closely to with The Cinema Museum in London, where Steve Chibnall is Visiting Professor. A number of joint public engagement events are held there each year, including the ‘Cine Sisters’ interviews with women from the film and television industries. Recent interviews in this series include June Whitfield, Barbara Windsor, Sylvia Syms, Claire Bloom, Linda Thorson and Pan’s People.

CATH Institute member Laraine Porter is Director of the annual BFI British Silent Film Festival, which this year will be held at Phoenix Square, Leicester 13-15 September 2016.

Phoenix Square, the new state-of-the-art digital media centre in Leicester provides a showcase for the Institute’s work and a vital interface with the wider community. That community is also reached via the Centre’s informal partnerships with the DVD releasing companies Studio Canal, Network Distribution and Odeon Entertainment and the marketing company elevenfiftyfive.

Archive sources

The CATH Institute has established an exciting partnership with Hammer and Exclusive Media to curate the historic archive of Hammer film and television scripts and make them available to scholars.


This archival resource has now been joined by the Sir Norman Wisdom Collection, donated by his friend and biographer, Richard Dacre.


There is an ongoing partnership with the entertainment Union BECTU to digitise, transcribe and add value to their archive of oral history interviews with personnel from the film and television industries.

CATH Institute researchers also enjoy unique access to the tens of thousands of film stills, pressbooks, posters, and trade and fan magazines that constitute the Steve Chibnall Archive.


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