Recording Heritage - North West Film Archive

A Festival of Faith / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University
A Festival of Faith / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University

This collection of amateur film provides a very personal insight into the life and times of Britain in first half of the 20th Century. From home made videos of the 1951 Festival of Britain to unofficial footage of Royal Visits in 40s, the collection is a rich source of British cultural heritage.

 

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Sports Days & Village Fetes

Vintage clips of local events and unusual sporting activities featuring bun eating competitions, folk dancing and the ultimate test of one's  balancing prowess...brick standing, provide a nostalgic insight into 1930s village life and community. The collection also holds entertaining footage of amatuer sports from 1914, capturing the furious attempts at the good old-fashioned sack race we all know and love.

 

 

Local Events In Mawdesley 1937/38 / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University
Local Events In Mawdesley 1937/38 / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University

Art Students

Within the collection you can also find films created by students of and about the Manchester School of Art from 1929. Take a look at the pottery and life drawing classes, meet the teachers and get inside the minds of budding artists of the early 20th century. Watch out for some bizarre face pulling, expressive ballet and nifty dance moves. Highlights include an early example of trick photography where the film’s producer, Mr G H Higginson, appears to stand next to himself as if by magic.

Scenes From Manchester School Of Art, 1929 subclip 3 / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University
Scenes From Manchester School Of Art, 1929 subclip 3 / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University

The Manchester School Of Art subclip 3 / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University
The Manchester School Of Art subclip 3 / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University

The Scene In Colour; the royal visit of George VI, 1938 / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University
The Scene In Colour; the royal visit of George VI, 1938 / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University

Royal Visits

Unofficial footage of royal visits from Queen Elizabeth I and King George V. Locations include Broadheath, Bacup, Higher Irlam, Mawdesley, Widnes and Bury. Immerse yourself in the spectators' view of these important and patriotic moments in people's lives. Witness how each community responds to the special event with parades, celebrations and official addresses.

 

Notable Artists

Clips documenting notable figures, include footage showing Barbara Hepworth's sculpture arriving at The Bolton Museum in 1970 and a student produced film on the art and life of Harold Riley. The collection also holds a film documenting the Soviet Pilot, Yuri Gagarin’s, visit to Manchester in 1961.

 

The Art of Harold Riley subclip 4 / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University
The Art of Harold Riley subclip 4 / North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University

Find out more

These highlights only provide a hint of the breadth of The North West Film Archive. To find out more about these images or the collection, get in touch with our sales team.

 


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