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Dyson and Horsfall Xmas Orders
Christmas planning on a grand scale in a Lancashire workplace.
Amateur film 1938 10 mins Silent
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Christmas is a busy time for the Preston mail order catalogue firm of Dyson and Horsfall. Begun by Cyril Buckley Dyson and his wife Clarissa as a Christmas Club venture, its success led to Cyril working with his brother-in-law Herbert Horsfall on the company that bears their names. In this film shot by Cyril, we see the work that goes into ensuring that customers receive their orders on time.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.
The Iles - in the garden, at the seaside, at Christmas The Iles - in the garden, at the seaside, at Christmas
Amateur film 1940 10 mins Silent Location: Heath
Life with the Iles family: Summer is for cycling, the seaside, tending to tortoises and meeting delightful collie pups. Christmas is for crackers and the gift of a perfect doll.
Charity appeal 1939 2 mins Silent Location: Norwich
Sweet and touching wartime cinema appeal for 300,000 London children spending Christmas far from home.
Non-Fiction 1965 5 mins Location: Derby
The community spirit shines through as Mansfield Street in Derby is hit by flooding just before Christmas 1965.
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent
Poignant scenes of Allied troops enjoying their Yuletide rations at the first Christmas of WWI.
Amateur film 1969 4 mins Silent
It's Christmas Day and while the family enjoys their annual feast the cat is having a Christmas 'banquet' of its own.
Sport 1900 2 mins Silent Location: Preston
Relentless pressure from the Lilywhites leads to some cracking action but no goal for the camera
The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Winston S. Churchill visits Fulwood and Preston, 27th June 1945 The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Winston S. Churchill visits Fulwood and Preston, 27th June 1945
Non-Fiction 1945 3 mins Silent Location: Fulwood
Winston Churchill visits Lancashire, in the closing days of his premiership and the last months of the Second World War.
Steel Scrap Drives in Bolton, Preston and Liverpool 1952 Steel Scrap Drives in Bolton, Preston and Liverpool 1952
Non-Fiction 1952 12 mins Silent Location: Bolton
Any old iron? The people of the North West contribute to the nationwide collection of scrap metal.
Amateur film 1945 11 mins Silent Location: Preston
Playing the beautiful game - the ladies from Lancashire demonstrate their skills.
1913 3 mins Silent Location: Preston
Red letter day in Preston
Non-Fiction 1920 7 mins Silent Location: Preston
Admire the nimble-fingered cotton workers at the monumental Horrockses, Crewdson & Co cotton factory in Preston
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.