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.
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.
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.
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.
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.