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Birmingham Film

A tour of some of the lesser known sights of 1930s Birmingham: from retirement homes to a dancing dog.

Amateur film 1935 21 mins Silent

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Not focussing on the usual local landmarks, film maker John Harris takes us on an alternative tour of mid-1930s Birmingham. Initially focussing on facilities for the older residents of the city (including Sir Austen Chamberlain MP touring one such 'Sons of Rest') we pass through modern civic buildings (including the imposing Municipal Bank), enjoy idyllic views of Cannon Hill Park before ending with enough performing animals for the most avid Britain's Got Talent fan.