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Cheltenham Mods and Rockers
Is Cheltenham really "a place to pass the time before you pass out?" Is a lack of facilities causing tensions between mods and rockers who should be out enjoying the countryside?
Non-Fiction 1965 10 mins
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ATV Today reporter David Lloyd ventures into a rocker cafe to find out what caused the punch ups between the 'greasers' and their sworn rivals the mods. He then talks to some local 'faces' about the mod set-up. Rockers kicking over a mod scooter is one thing, but when the local policeman shows the weapons seized it all becomes much more serious. Into this tense atmosphere come the Rolling Stones seen briefly in their limousine heading towards a concert at the local Odeon.
Good Strong Coffee
Advert 1968 2 mins Silent
Far-out guys and groovy gals drop doses of good strong coffee in this psychedelic 1968 ad for the hot black stuff.
Manchester Spiritualists Procession (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 7 mins Silent Location: Manchester
Exponents of Britain's newest religion don their Sunday best for a parade through Edwardian Manchester.
Iroquois Rain Dance
News 1984 4 mins Location: Burrator Reservoir
Iroquois Earth Songs connect businessman to nature
Tribe of the Sun
Documentary 1972 24 mins
The ill-fated dreams of Sid Rawls’ band of ‘ultra hippies’ attempting a self-sufficient communal life on John Lennon’s ‘Beatle Island’.
First Purpose-built Traveller's Site in Britain
News 1975 2 mins Location: Wisbech
Does staying on a permanent site interfere with travellers' traditions? Travellers who live in caravans on a site in Wisbech speak to Anglia TV
Truro Carnival Week
News 1932 4 mins Silent Location: Truro
Trurorians enjoy street carnival celebrations
News 1977 3 mins Location: Cheltenham
The Cheltenham grocers where time stood still.
Tanatside Pony Club - Cheltenham and Maesmawr Hall - 1966
School programme and Educational film 1966 11 mins Silent Location: Maesmawr Hall
The Tanatside Pony Club’s mounted games team practise in b&w at the Trant farm Maesmawr Hall, Welshpool, and compete in colour at Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Ladies' College
Documentary 1953 38 mins Location: Cheltenham
A typical term at the Cheltenham Ladies' College, as filmed by members of staff.
Flower Power Interview
News 1967 2 mins Location: Cheltenham
Psychedelic freakouts in Cheltenham?
Travelogue 1930 9 mins Silent Location: Cheddar Gorge
A stencil-coloured journey through gorgeous gorges, picturesque villages and spa town pomp in this West Country travelogue made circa 1930.
Wheel in Britain
Documentary 1953 27 mins Location: London
Speeding round Britain by bike: taking in the scenery in a 1,600-mile competitive tour.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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