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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.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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