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National Film and Sound Archive

Entrance to the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra.

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) is Australia’s living archive, collecting, preserving and sharing our rich audiovisual heritage. Its collection holds more than 2.16 million works: films, television and radio programs, audio tapes, records, compact discs, phonograph cylinders and wire recordings, as well as documents and artefacts such as photographs, posters, lobby cards, publicity items, scripts, costumes, props, memorabilia and oral histories. Most of these items are carefully packaged and stored in climate-controlled vaults in Canberra. The NFSA is internationally recognised for its excellent, innovative audiovisual preservation techniques: it uses delicate processes and state-of-the-art technical facilities to restore and preserve original material—or make the best copies possible. All of this is to ensure Australia’s cultural heritage can be enjoyed long into the future.