Discover a treasure trove with the help of artists

What does the word ‘archive’ mean to you? In this film, artists such as Bob and Roberta Smith and Barby Asante, gallery volunteers and history experts talk about the unexpected treasures you can find in archives. Discover the secrets that archives hold and how personal experiences and possessions can be of archival value. This film was made with Tate.

Understanding the archives

This film examines some of the stories behind Tate’s vast archive of British art, and explores the processes behind the collection, conservation and use of the documents and artefacts that are stored there.

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