The University of East London’s Fine Art Department has a long tradition with experimental film, and the current 16mm facilities were originally sourced and developed, 30 years ago by John Smith and David Parsons, as North East London Polytechnic.
The Lawley Debrie Processor was bought in 1982 from a Ministry of Defence auction in mint condition.

With the support of  Alison Winckle, David Leister, Bea Haut and Dean Todd UEL has continued to maintain and teach 16mm film as a Fine Art medium until the present day.

Bea Haut and Karel Doing ran a Black and white 16mm processing service in the facility from 2015 to 2019