Materials in Motion recognizes the uniqueness of animation collections and aims to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our animation heritage. Its mission is to safeguard and provide access to animation artefacts that constitute the visual and conceptual context of the animated film for research, exhibition, and promotion. Materials in Motion is a global platform for sharing information among professionals, encouraging collaboration, and developing good practices in collection management.
Materials in Motion started as a research project into a possible conservation strategy for Dutch analogue animation artwork from 1930-2000 in the collection of Eye Filmmuseum. This project was to gain insight into the magnitude, composition and condition of Eye’s collection and develop a preservation plan for its unique Dutch film heritage. During the research project, EYE collaborated and forged relationships with several international film archives and research institutes that deal with similar conservation issues. The project was funded by Metamorfoze, the Netherlands’ national programme for the preservation of paper heritage. Partners were Eye Filmmuseum, the University of Amsterdam and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.