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What happens when a career in professional sport comes to a dramatic end? Former cricketer Colin Milburn has decided to look for a job.
News 1977 6 mins
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The promising career of the Northampton and England batsman Colin Milburn ended when he lost his sight in one eye after a car crash in 1969. In a melancholic piece from 1977 reporter Peter Green finds out what Milburn has been doing since. After eight years of trips to the cinema and watching television in his sparsely furnished flat he's looking for a job.
Milburn eventually found employment coaching the Oxford University team in 1979. He died from a heart attack in 1990.
Somerset County Cricketers Ian Botham and Brian Rose Somerset County Cricketers Ian Botham and Brian Rose
News 1977 3 mins Location: Taunton
Ian Botham and Brian Rose tell it like it is - interviewed in 1977 Plus ca change
Sport 1968 0 mins Location: Devon
Basil D’Oliveira plays football with his children
Alec Bedser Cricket Home Movies: MCC Tour of Australia 1954 Alec Bedser Cricket Home Movies: MCC Tour of Australia 1954
Amateur film 1954 52 mins Silent
The voyage, the camaraderie, the matches, the sights: the whole experience of a 1950s tour down under is here.
Sport 1970 3 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
Amiable cricket legend “Ollie” Milburn hopes to return to cricket depsite losing partial sight in his left eye following a car accident.
School programme and Educational film 1983 26 mins
"Catches win matches!" England's David Gower and wickie Bob Taylor show how it's done.
Biopic 1945 9 mins Location: Liverpool
The West Indian cricketing legend is filmed in his role as a welfare officer, working to help African and Caribbean factory workers in Merseyside.
Probe - Alf Morris announces the recalling of the Invacar Probe - Alf Morris announces the recalling of the Invacar
News 1976 12 mins Location: Northampton
Alf Morris, Minister for the Disabled explains why use of the Invacar is to be phased out, to the dismay of some disabled drivers.
Home movie 1932 3 mins Silent Location: Northampton
From bikes to biplanes: anything goes in Northampton's annual hospital fund-raiser.
Documentary 1963 17 mins Location: Northampton
Your employer is relocating to Northampton. Will this film convince you it's a good idea for you too?
Cobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket Stars Cobbler Makes Cricket Boots for World's Cricket Stars
News 1972 3 mins Location: Northampton
Anglia TV visit the world famous cobbler for cricketers, Albert Whiting, in his Northampton shop.
Industry sponsored film 1939 45 mins Silent Location: Northampton
With the horrific effects of gas warfare still fresh in the memory, rubberised men – like extras from a 1950s British sci fi movie – prepare for more, with 1940s attention to detail.
Documentary 1937 34 mins Silent Location: Houses of Parliament
Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.
Drama 2020 21 mins
A young Palestinian woman crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, who she hopes will be her ticket to a new life.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
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