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Albert's Last Skep
Albert's Last Skep

Albert's Last Skep 1978

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Albert's Last Skep 1978

28 mins United Kingdom

This is a film made by one veteran Yorkshireman of another veteran Yorkshireman, both displaying a craft that in the 1970s is on the point of disappearing. Shipley amateur cine filmmaker Eric Hall captures Albert Gaff, also of Shipley, demonstrating his remarkable skills of weaving willow skeps, honed from the age of 12, for the West Yorkshire textile industry. Anyone wishing to take up again this ancient craft will find everything they need to know here.

Eric Hall, just a year younger than Albert, made a point of lovingly documenting craft skills, and cultural pastimes, which were dying out. Eric’s own films were themselves well crafted, having been making films since 1929, and being at one time Chairman of the North East Region of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers and President of Bradford Cine Circle. All that is known of Albert Gaff is given in the film. Skeps were used in a number of ways in Yorkshire woollen mills, and could hold up to 500 bobbins. Although not used in this way now, framed wicker baskets are still in use in other industries, especially in Scotland. The Bradford firm of Fred Ambler featured in the film is still producing worsted cloth.

Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.

Genres

Documentary

Tags

Industries, trades and crafts Industries, trades and crafts

Collection

Amateur Auteurs Textiles on Film

Released

1978

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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