Dig Media gives new life to historic footage with National Lottery

Dig Media has received £50,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to digitise and share the Jack Henry Moore Archive in Salford.

Jack Henry Moore was a central figure in the 1960s and 1970s who captured on film the countercultural scene in Britain and continental Europe.

Dig Media – sister company to Toasted Productions, based in The Pie Factory at MediaCityUK – aims to share with the public as much footage as possible, creating a vital document of an incredibly fertile period in British culture, while also telling the extraordinary story of Jack himself.

A teaser documentary will be produced with the help of film and video trainees from Salford University, UTC@MediaCityUK and young people from Salford City Council’s Salford FutureSkills Project, who will gain experience in a range of technical, management and marketing skills.

Working with producers, editors, camera and production crew to develop film and digital content, students will be starting the process of restoring and digitising Jack’s old video tapes.

Nathan Lee, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West said: “I’m delighted that National Lottery players have been able to support this project, which will document and share this unique and internationally important video archive. With HLF support, the project will enable young people in Salford, including those unemployed or not in education, to develop their digital skills.”

Sharon Gardner, Principal of UTC@MediaCityUK said: “We are delighted that our students can participate in this vital archiving and celebration of Jack Henry Moore’s work, all whilst developing their cultural awareness and honing their technical and marketing skills.”

Councillor Paul Longshaw, Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods from Salford City Council commented: “We are really pleased the vital cultural importance of the archive has been recognised, and excited that, thanks to National Lottery players, it’s now benefitting the people of Salford and beyond.”

For further information, images and interviews please contact Jason Turton at Dig Media Limited on connect@dig.media.

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