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Blackpool Outdoor Dog Show 1960
Have a doggy treat - and meet some very well groomed visitors to Blackpool.
Amateur film 1960 12 mins Silent
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The Blackpool sun shines upon the show dogs and their proud owners in this delightful colour film. Onlookers and judges cast an expert eye on the - mostly - well-behaved canines padding and prancing around the ring. The great and small of the dog world are here, from Irish wolfhounds to tiny terriers, and of course, the photogenic Afghan hounds, ears and tails blowing in the breeze.
Filmmaker Bill Hall recorded dog shows around the country from the 1950s to 1980s. An experienced breeder of Afghan hounds - kennel name Barbille - he was also the author of a book on the breed, and, for many years, a columnist for a weekly UK dog newspaper.
Animals on Film
Wisdom of the Wild
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
Drama-documentary 1939 15 mins Location: Treorchy/Treorci
The Ocean Coal Co. employed not just miners but also shepherds, as evidenced here. Tom Jones of Treorchy protects the company's assets above ground with care and great skill.
Do you remember?
Amateur film 1950 18 mins Silent Location: Lone Barn Fm
Cowboys, Carnivals and Mayors on the slide appear alongside the most beserk and hilarious donkey race you'll ever see in Sussex
Billy Smart’s Circus
Amateur film 1950 2 mins Silent Location: Brighton
Brighton's crowds thrill to the sight of Billy Smart's Circus parading through their town in this film from the 1950s
Home for Ned
Amateur film 1970 8 mins Location: Newchapel
Enjoy this heartwarming film about neglected horses, ponies and donkeys being re-habilitated at 'Cherry Tree Farm' in leafy Surrey
Three Dogs in a Boat
Non-Fiction 1930 2 mins Location: Sennen
Sink or swim as Rub and his chums are set adrift
Promotional 1973 1 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Hold on tight! We're off, riding the wooden rollercoaster at Blackpool's Pleasure Beach.
The Lancashire Way
Advert 1948 4 mins Location: Nelson
A tribute to Lancashire, land of industry, leisure, sublime landscape - and laundry detergent
Easter Holiday Scenes
Non-Fiction 1929 8 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
It’s Easter and men, women and children all over England enjoy a day out, be it on the beach, at the races or at the zoo
Hendon of the North
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Blackpool goes plane crazy
Piers of the Realm
Amateur film 1992 7 mins Location: Southport
A concise and colourful history of the feature that every seaside resort should have.
An Outing to Blackpool
Amateur film 1928 17 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
A grand day out, as three generations of the Preston family enjoy a day at the seaside.
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.