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A Little Liveliness in Liverpool
Liverpool students run riot for the annual rag race
Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Silent
The reputation of Britain's students for high jinks and unprovoked revelry has deep roots - and the newsreels were happy to do their bit to cement the stereotypes. This is one of numerous items focusing on the spirited chaos that is the annual rag week - here it's the turn of Liverpool, but any university town could offer a similar spectacle. The film begins with a mock-solemn ceremony, before quickly descending - as these things will - to a messy free-for-all.
Instructional film/TV programme 1955 37 mins Location: Liverpool
Good luck and safe motorcycling! Let the experts show you how.
Liverpool Overhead Railway 1893-1956
Amateur film 1956 12 mins Silent Location: Dingle
Riding around the city on the Dockers' Umbrella - the last days of an iconic local landmark.
Steel Scrap Drives in Bolton, Preston and Liverpool 1952
Non-Fiction 1952 12 mins Silent Location: Bolton
Any old iron? The people of the North West contribute to the nationwide collection of scrap metal.
Liverpool Cities of Britain No. 2
Travelogue 1930 3 mins Location: Liverpool
A tour of Liverpool's sights with commentary by the then Lord Mayor
Drama 1967 3 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
The Beatles' instant classic Penny Lane is colourfully conveyed by this 1960s short film, shot around Liverpool
Liverpool. India's New Viceroy
Non-Fiction 1931 1 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
The Earl of Willingdon, India's new Viceroy, arrives in England from Canada with his wife in this newsreel item
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.