Archive Resources for Teachers

Archive Resources for Teachers

Date: 11/02/2016 17:07

Archive film is a rich educational resource that can be used in the classroom to engage and inspire students, but how, as a teacher, do you integrate it into your lessons?

Northern Ireland Screen now has a number of archive resources available that help teachers easily introduce archive footage to the classroom.

Into Film: Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive Teaching Resource

Into Film and Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive, have worked in partnership to produce the “Digital Film Archive Resource”, which is free for teachers to download. Aimed at teachers of 5-16 year olds, the resource explores aspects of life in Northern Ireland, with classroom activities designed to support the use of archive footage across the curriculum. The areas of the curriculum and thematic units covered, are detailed at the start of each activity making it easier for teachers to integrate activities into their planning.

The resource can be downloaded here. Please note that to access the resource, teachers will need to create an Into Film Id, which is also free of charge.

For Teachers Collection

Complementing the Digital Film Archive resource from Into Film, Northern Ireland Screen has curated the For Teachers collection of film, which can be used with the activities in the resource or alone. New categories of film, tailored to the Northern Ireland Curriculum, will be added to the collection, as new and relevant material becomes available.

Creative Learning in the Digital Age

Funded by NESTA- the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, and DCAL, and developed by Northern Ireland Screen, the Nerve Centre and CCEACreative Learning in the Digital Age was developed from Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive, a free public access resource containing moving image material of Northern Ireland from 1897-2000.


Encouraging the use of moving images in the classroom as part of whole-class teaching and project work across the curriculum, Creative Learning in the Digital Age introduces history teachers to a new approach to the Key Stage 3 History Curriculum in Northern Ireland that will excite and engage their students.


This fantastic, easy to use, online resource includes an archive of moving and digital images with accompanying teachers' notes, exercises and contextual and assessment material. Clips and images can be easily downloaded from the website and used to create digital projects within a classroom setting.

Click here to visit the CLDA website. 

In Union to Partition students have the opportunity to explore the social, economic and political developments in Ireland and the relationships with Britain and the Empire in the early 1900’s.

The 20th Century World enables students to investigate major events and developments that have shaped the twentieth century world through studying the impact of World War 1.

If you have any queries about the Digital Film Archive or the Creative Learning in the Digital Age resource, please contact Emma Thorpe, email: . For questions regarding Into Film please contact Sean Kelly: 


Image courtesy of Tourism NI, National Museums Northern Ireland and the British Film Institute