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Buxton Well Dressing (1904)
A lavish bioscope show, maypole dancing and decorated wells in Edwardian Derbyshire.
Non-Fiction 1904 6 mins Silent
The Buxton tradition of decorating a well or a pump dates only from 1840 and was revived in 1904, thanks in part to the efforts of showman 'President' George Kemp, who both paid for the event and filmed it. Maypole dancing, initially in front of Kemp's Cinematograph, is succeeded by shots of two wells, one lavishly decorated. Kemp himself can be glimpsed in a white jacket and shoes.
President George Kemp was a colourful character, presenting freak shows and novelty acts with performing seals, tattooed ladies and midgets. He toured America and Canada, earning the title 'the Midget King' and 'President' for having exhibited before President McKinley. His travelling bioscope shows had a reputation for extravagance that is borne out by what we can see here.
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Amateur film 1934 7 mins Silent Location: Matlock
Join Sydney Bligh and his fellow delegates as they tour Derbyshire spa towns, visit castles and cathedrals and still have time to see the animals at Whipsnade Zoo
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Amateur film 1974 8 mins Silent Location: Oxnead
Since before the Norman Conquest the River Bure has powered two watermills barely a mile apart, near the Norfolk villages of Oxnead, Buxton and Lamas.
The Federation of Soroptimist Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland Tenth Annual Conference, Buxton
Amateur film 1939 12 mins Silent Location: Buxton
Female members of the Soroptimist organisation congregate in the Derbyshire town of Buxton for their annual conference.
Derbyshire on Britain's Cresta Run
Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Silent Location: Buxton
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Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent Location: Buxton
A winter paradise in the Peak District: beautifully-composed shots of snow-clad Buxton.
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Non-Fiction 1916 2 mins Silent Location: Buxton
Rheumatic soldiers are treated with the latest in hydrotherapy at the Devonshire Hospital in Buxton, Derbyshire.
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
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Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
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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.