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Inside the BFI's new film storage facility

A new state-of-the-art storage facility is set to ensure the most fragile parts of the British Film Institute's film archive will be kept safe for future generations.

The BFI's £12 million Master Film Store in Gaydon, Warwickshire will open next month.

The new building has been designed to improve the conditions in which the archive is kept and prevent it from deteriorating - and deal with the risk of nitrate film catching fire.

The BFI's Head of Collections & Information, Ruth Kelly showed BBC News around the old and new storage facilities, as well as what happens to film when it is not stored correctly.

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