Set up in 1977, the North West Film Archive preserves moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria and offers a variety of access services to users in the public, academic and commercial sectors.
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A Trip along the Manchester Ship Canal
Sailing into an inland port with the ships bringing goods to Manchester.
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Opened in 1894, the Manchester Ship Canal was a milestone in the history of civil engineering. This reel, shot by documentary film pioneer Charles Urban and others, looks at features along its 36-mile length, including Eastham Locks, Barton Aqueduct, and Manchester Docks. We can also see the masts and rigging of sailing ships, a reminder that these are the early decades of this inland waterway.
Amateur film 1934 16 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
Travelling inland with the 'Manchester Commerce', heading for home.
Industry sponsored film 1924 26 mins Silent Location: Manchester Ship Canal
Manchester's link to the sea - a success story for British engineering and commerce.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
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Documentary 1941 6 mins
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Comedy 2023 2 mins
En-route to her hen weekend, bride-to-be Faye kills the vibe with a bombshell confession.
Documentary 2023 2 mins
An insight into Daytimers, the South Asian DJ collective that are breaking new ground in Britain.