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Beauty to Last
Beauty to Last

Beauty to Last 1969


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Beauty to Last 1969

20 mins United Kingdom Director. David Bailey

This curious travelogue weaves ancient myth with anthropology, architecture and geology. Meet the National Trust caretakers, skilled in crafts that stretch back to prehistoric times. Watch brave men assemble and cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Admire the dramatic hedges of Mount Stewart created for pleasure and posterity. But this film warns us that if it is to last for future generations then we too need to be the caretakers of this beauty we have inherited.

Originally produced by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board this film comes from the collection of National Museums Northern Ireland. This government department had their own staff that documented the region through stills and moving images and the films they created capture various facets of life in Northern Ireland. The Northern Irish Tourist Board was particularly busy in the mid-1950s to late 1960s, creating films that aimed to sell the region as a holiday destination. This material captures an alternate vision of Northern Ireland at an intriguing time, it emphasises continuity, care and beauty in a year when sporadic violence and rioting plagued the region.

Directed by

David Bailey


Denys Hawthorne


Documentary Travelogue Sponsored film


Statues Architecture Stately homes National Trust Beauty Birds Mount Stewart Gardens Coastlines Thatch




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