The North West Film Archive (NWFA), based at Manchester Metropolitan University is Britain’s largest public collection outside London. The Archive was set up in 1977 and is the professionally recognised home for moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Cheshire.

The Archive cares for over 34,000 items from the pioneer days of film in the mid 1890s to video production of the present day. The work of both the professional and the amateur is collected.  Previous artists residencies have included Louise K Wilson and Jordan Baseman. All public areas of the NWFA are fully accessible.