My name is Elinor Groom, though I go by Ellie.

Ellie, Kine Artefacts

I am a moving image archivist and researcher. Kine Artefacts is my blog, and in it I write posts about moving image history, heritage and archiving. The title reflects my perspective that moving images are artefacts: objects of inherent historical worth that require care and attention. I talk about the historical contexts of moving images (with a particular emphasis on analogue moving image technologies), the heritage of moving images and their associated cultures, and the process of archiving those moving images including preservation, restoration/digitisation, access/ethics and exhibition. I keep it purposefully broad, as it reflects my changing interests as I pursue a career in this general field.

At the moment I am a PhD student, funded through the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Award, working between the University of Nottingham and the Special Collections department of BFI National Archive. My thesis looks at the history of Southern Television (I won’t bore you with the specifics, you can read posts about it here). I have an MA in Film Studies and Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia, and before that I worked in cinema education.

You can find out more about me, my work and my publications via my profiles on the University of Nottingham website and on LinkedIn. I can also be found on Twitter and on Tumblr. I keep a rolling filmography of movies I watch on Letterboxd.

Alternatively feel free to email me at ellie [at] kineartefacts [dot] com.

Posts are infrequent, poorly proofed and ponderous – you have been warned.

10 thoughts on “About

  1. So, your blog is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I’m really looking forward to reading more entries. :) Do you have a mailing list set up for the site by any chance? If so, please sign me up!

  2. Hi Ellie,

    I’m having a Mary Pickford event at my blog, Classic Movies on June 1, 2 and 3. I’d love it if you could participate. The goal is to bring attention to all of the fascinating aspects of Mary’s life and career, but particularly her skill as an actress. Here’s more about the event:




  3. Dear Ellie,

    Thanks so much for the kind comment on my blog re: Bray! I truly appreciate it and am enjoying looking at your site here, now…let’s keep in touch!


  4. Hi Ellie,
    Love the blog, I discovered it searching for public domain and Night of the living dead,
    wondered if you can help!
    I SO confused by the status of these american public domain films here in the UK, as was thinking of showing the film as part of a stage show here, but no idea id the 70 year rule applies to these out of copyright films
    many thanks

    • So, this got lost in a bunch of junk comments but thank you so much for passing it along. I hope it went well and I really hope to make it to a future fest if I ever get the funds to go back Stateside. UCLA has a wonderful program.

  5. Still looking at ‘Southern Television’?
    Would love to talk, we have ‘Big Bertha’ (see website above) – all preserved and fully operational. Interesting to know what might be in the archive about OBs.

    Best wishes,

    Paul M
    (Ex University of Manchester PhD – completed 2011).

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