TVARK is an online TV museum. The site is intended as a tribute to the work of television presentation and graphics, and to preserve a slice of our social history. Through images and video clips, we present those modest little chunks of television that are never repeated: idents, programme promotions, opening title sequences, public information films, commercials, daily start-ups and closedowns, break bumpers and station clocks. Each item is accompanied by a short written analysis and review.
 
The site is run as a non-profit making organization. It was started ten years ago in the dial-up era, as one man’s hobby, called ‘Television Ark.’ Over the years, as the site has grown, 10 people have become involved, all passionate about TV and all of whom have brought clips from their own collections of off-air television recordings. We also receive donations from other collectors, and the site now has access to over 9,000 vintage recordings.
 
TVARK is above all an educational resource. It is popular at home and abroad, used by teachers and students in schools and colleges. It is also recognised by people within the TV industry; our archives are frequently used by industry professionals, who find their own master copies of programmes have been wiped over the years. We have supplied information and clips for broadcast documentaries, presentation & news programmes, as well as broadcasting websites.
 
Our archives are deemed so valuable that we have worked with several TV companies to assist them with archiving material. Recent examples include:
 
• Donating SkyTV/BSB material to the The National Media Museum for an exhibition covering the origins of satellite tv in the UK
 
• Archiving project with LWT in preserving continuity
 
• Archiving project with BBC in preserving local news
 
• Providing BSkyB with archive footage for the History of Sky Movies and 20 Years of Sky Sports
 
• Helping Promax in 2010 with some early footage for a talk about the history of the TV trailer.
 
• Providing ITN and BBC with news footage for the Edinburgh TV Festival '04
 
• Providing BBC with footage of vintage Christmas BBC1&2 idents for a festive comedy series in 2007
 
• Clips and information for BBC documentaries such as “Charlie Brooker’s Screen Wipe”
 
• Assisting S4/C archives
 
We receive positive feedback from TV researchers, producers, presenters, designers, art colleges, teachers, media students as well as those who relish the obvious nostalgic values of the site. Visitors to the site often comment that browsing the pages brings alive happy memories from their childhood TV viewing. They enjoy reviewing old adverts and TV shows, with their once well-known catchphrases and theme tunes, which would otherwise be consigned to oblivion.
 
We work very hard to create accurate descriptions of our content. TV personalities and presenters, production teams, film crews and even retired broadcasting employees have all made contact, to pass on their memories, insights, gossip and otherwise unknown information about the clips we feature.
 
Many pages have been authorized by TV companies and permission has been given to use their material, these include:
 
• Granada Archives
 
• ITN
 
• Scottish TV - for schools programmes
 
• S4/C - for schools programmes
 
• Moving Image Communications Ltd - for TVam
 
• The South West Film TV Archive - for TSW and Westward material
 
• Film Images Ltd - for all the Public Information Films
 
• Warner Brothers for WBTV
 
We hope TVARK gives as much pleasure to you, as it has to us.


TV Ark is an on-line television museum. The files provided on this website are for entertaiment/educational purposes only.
 
Selling the files and/or using them as a part of a commercial operation would infringe copyright and TV ARK cannot be held responsible if the files were wrongly used in this way.
 
If any of the material here is causing offence, please contact us to have it removed, or preferably to arrange to be given a specific credit.
 
All of the images and movies available on the TV Ark are presented for you, the visitor, to enjoy. We gain NO profit whatsoever from them.
 
We believe that TV Ark complies with section 30 (1) of the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988, which states that "Fair dealing with a work for the purpose of criticism or review, of that or another work or of a performance of a work, does not infringe any copyright in the work provided that it is accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement."


This site is intended as a tribute to the wonderful programme makers and television production companies which we have listed below, where possible giving links to their websites. If any company or individual has been overlooked and would like a mention please let us know.
 
All of the images and movies available on the TV Ark are presented for you, the visitor, to enjoy. We gain NO profit whatsoever from them.
 
The contents we display on the site have been recorded over many years from television broadcasts


We have been recognized by the UK national press and BBC radio. You’ll find links to TVARK from many major websites including:
 
• BBC Cult TV
 
• BBC Top of the Pops 2
 
• BBC TV in the 40's
 
• BBC North West Tonight
 
• The British Film Institute
 
• The Sci-Fi Channel


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We've also been featured on several radio stations, as you can listen to below


Radio Wave - Andy Mitchell
April 2006
BBC Somerset - Jo Phillips
28.2.2003
Radio Borders - Paul Brownlee
July 2000



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Here's how we used to look online...


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With much sadness during 2009, Simon Luxton our dear friend and member of TVARK passed away peacefully in his sleep. Simon was deeply passionate about TVARK and his own site Grange Hill Online, his knowledge of television presentation was outstanding, and his contribution to TVARK second to none. His legacy is a huge wealth of archive and insight which you'll find on his BBC 1&2, ITV & BBC South West and Schools pages.