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Coloured Woven Cloth Production by Barden Mill Co., (Burnley) Ltd
Warp twisting and high speed pirn winding? Come inside a Lancashire mill to find out more.
Documentary 1949 26 mins Silent
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Warp dressing and twisting, pirn winding and chain beaming. Take a detailed look at the stages of cloth production at the Barden Mill Company in the Lancashire town of Burnley. Designers, skilled craftsmen, mill workers and the high technology of the day all have a role to play. The film concludes in the works canteen where Christmas dinner is prepared and served to the employees.
Sam Hanna was a Burnley-born amateur filmmaker with a lifelong passion for making films. Born in 1903, he became a teacher of handicrafts and, against strong opposition from the education authorities, pioneered the use of film in the classroom. Self-taught, Hanna's filmmaking spanned six decades, from the 1930s to the 1980s. Sam was also an inventor, developing new techniques for screening and editing films such as the daylight screen, the Loop Absorber and the Effects Box.
Textiles on Film
Caefelin Laundry, Llangollen
Home movie 1937 20 mins Silent Location: Llangollen
Nellie Boote's laundry in Market Street in operation, the women dashing away with all manner of smoothing irons as clothes are sorted, mended, washed, ironed and sorted again.
Woven by Hand
Documentary 1970 11 mins Location: Macclesfield
Handloom weaving, and its place in the history of textile production.
Textile Factory in Redruth
News 1975 1 mins Silent Location: Redruth
Redruth Cottage Industry
News 1966 4 mins Location: Plymouth
Miniskirt - Passion and Power
Electricity - Power for Good
Promotional 1961 35 mins Location: Whitby
The NEEB sells an electrical future for modern homes and industries in the 1960s.
Documentary 1950 58 mins Location: Wycoller
The looms of Lancashire: how the upheaval of the Industrial Revolution created the thriving textile industry.
A Bit of Old Burnley
Amateur film 1940 5 mins Silent Location: Burnley
Come for a drive around the streets of a busy Lancashire town.
Play is Education
Amateur film 1965 10 mins Silent Location: Burnley
Learning is fun, but fun also means learning for Burnley nursery school children.
Preston Ladies Football and T.A. Volunteers
Amateur film 1945 11 mins Silent Location: Preston
Playing the beautiful game - the ladies from Lancashire demonstrate their skills.
Helliwell Family Trip with Violet and Jack
Amateur film 1964 21 mins Silent Location: Heysham
Colourful amateur film showing family outings around Lancashire and a trip to Southampton to meet travellers from America
Lancashire League Championship Season 1938
Sport 1938 15 mins Silent Location: Burnley
An exciting finale to the cricket season, and a chance to see the great George Headley in action.
Amateur film 1982 6 mins Location: Burnley
The end of an era for a piece of Lancashire's steam-powered industrial heritage.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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