Why we take part
What we do for HODs
One of our main challenges is adjusting the Conservation Centre building to allow for a large number of visitors to move around comfortably and safely. We are not a public facing organisation so the space has to be considered and repurposed to fit in each display and demonstration. We tackle this by extensive use of signage, giving each visitor a site map and having plenty of stewards to show them around!
Working in partnership
Since 2019 a local charity, The Hospice of St Francis, have joined us to provide refreshments and from 2021 a pop-up art shop, Skulls and Robots, have also come on board with a stall of handmade, film related items. They have both fitted in so well and add so much colour to the event, they feel very much part of the BFI family and we can’t imagine the event without them.
The difference it makes
I am always humbled by how visitors connect with the work at the Conservation Centre and see the wider importance of preserving screen heritage. Feedback from 2021 noted 79% of visitors understood more clearly the value of preserving film and television which is such a heart-warming response.
Jo's top tip!
The first thing I would say is definitely do it!
The second thing is learn from each event and try to include a visitor survey to gauge how people connect with the event and if they have any suggestions for improvement. Since we started participating in the HODs scheme back in 2015, it has changed and evolved over each year. I feel we get better every time and successful feedback gives you the confidence to try new things and allow the event to evolve.