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Cricket Ground Preparations for Portsmouth Cricket Week
Cricket stars descend on Portsmouth while a flurry of groundsmen, broadcasters and fans prepare for Cricket Week
Amateur film 1990 4 mins Silent
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This fascinating film from 1990 shows the preparations for Portsmouth’s Cricket Week – to be held at the city’s United Services Ground. We see dedicated groundsmen hard at work on the pitch and the scoreboard while Outside Broadcast technicians set up cameras on the boundaries, on rooftops and on cranes. A bronzed groundsman carefully measures and paints lines on the pitch while fans watch players from all over the world practise in the nets and on the pitch.
Hampshire County Cricket Club ceased using the United Services Ground in Portsmouth when they moved to the more suitable and purpose built Rose Bowl stadium, on the outskirts of Southampton, in 2001.
The County Game
Lancashire XI Cricket Team
Sport 1923 1 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Meet the team - a close encounter with some of the great characters of Lancashire cricket.
Notts V. Yorks., Glos., Derby., Leics., 1933
Amateur film 1933 9 mins Silent
Amateur film of play during four 1933 county championship matches at Trent Bridge
Somerset CCC v Lancashire CCC in the Gillette Cup
Sport 1971 4 mins Location: Taunton
Somerset is knocked out as Lancashire reaches target
Yorks Draw with Surrey
Sport 1922 0 mins Silent Location: Oval, The
Surrey play Yorkshire at the Oval as the 1922 County Championship nears its conclusion.
The Carlsberg Hampshire Cricket Challenge, Hackwood Park
Amateur film 1991 4 mins Silent Location: Hackwood Park
Johnners' plays umpire as Hampshire's cricketers - past and present - meet at Hackwood Park for the 1991 Carlsberg Cricket Challenge
Sussex V Kent County Cricket Match
Sport 1913 10 mins Silent
Large crowds gather for cricket week at Canterbury's St Lawrence Ground, as Kent take on Sussex and Nottinghamshire.
Advert 1930 10 mins Silent Location: Portsmouth
This enjoyable 1930s info-mercial shows how you can furnish your home -and have that dream kitchen - by using the PIMCO easy payment plan
Foundation of Beauty
Advert 1930 8 mins Silent Location: Portsmouth
The Foundation of Beauty is what lies beneath - as this parade of corsetted ladies reveal - with corsets to suit all shapes, sizes and ages
H.M.S. Powerful Moored at Portsmouth
Non-Fiction 1900 0 mins Silent Location: Portsmouth
Take a good look at one of the era's largest warships - the hefty H.M.S. Powerful, back from the Boer War
H.M.S. "Powerful" Arriving in Portsmouth Harbour
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Portsmouth
A mighty naval cruiser returns home to Britain, covered in glory - and Nelson's ship is there to welcome it
Portsmouth from Portsdown Hill
Amateur film 1962 4 mins Silent Location: Portsmouth
From the heights of Portsdown Hill you get a view of sixties Portsmouth and the distant Isle of Wight in this short film from F Howard.
A Day Out in Portsmouth
Amateur film 1958 15 mins Silent Location: Portsmouth
Travel back to the Portsmouth of open markets, period shops, bomb sites, congested car parks, workers on bicycles and holiday crowds - all in glorious black & white
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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