Set up in 1977, the North West Film Archive preserves moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria and offers a variety of access services to users in the public, academic and commercial sectors.
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"From flower to fabric" - the story of the Lancashire cotton industry.
Documentary 1943 78 mins
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This film is set during World War II, but tells a wider story - of how Lancashire, "the shire of rugged moors, of mist and rain" became the heart of the global cotton industry. We follow the trail of cotton from the USA to Lancashire, and then go inside the mills themselves. Finally, the film looks forward, to technological innovations that will transform the industry in the post-war world.
Textiles on Film
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.
Documentary 1965 24 mins Location: Langley Mill
A mile of yarn and a million loops to make one stocking: the culmination of a four hundred year old craft.
News 1967 6 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Documentary 1950 34 mins Silent Location: Bury
The process of cloth production in Bury - from delivery to dispatch.
Amateur film 1955 11 mins Silent Location: Bury
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Home movie 1951 14 mins Silent Location: St Annes
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Amateur film 1956 20 mins Silent Location: Bury
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Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
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Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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