The oldest film in our collection dates back to 1896. However, we do not exclusively acquire and preserve films, but a range of different materials – from movie posters to projection equipment. The focus is on films and objects that say something about Dutch film culture; a copy of virtually all Dutch films that come out each year is included in the collection.

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© Luuk Kramer
Frame from Le dirigeable fantastique, Georges Méliès
Frame from Le dirigeable fantastique, Georges Méliès (1906)

Managing all these different materials involves all kinds of specializations. A film is stored under different archival conditions than a movie poster, so each of the depots has its own climate settings. Nearly all the depots today are in our new Collection Centre.

campaign image Meet the Archive 2021 (Martha Colburn, What's On)
still from What's On (Martha Colburn)

Meet the Archive

Just how big and diverse the Eye collection is, becomes very clear every year when the collection specialists step into the spotlight during Meet the Archive. The year in which Eye celebrates its 75th anniversary, Meet the Archive will take place online. To mark these 75 years of history, the Eye collection specialists have made eight online installments of Meet the Archive on 75 years of the film archives.

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