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Falconry Demonstration at Great Torrington School
Falcon flies for Great Torrington School
News 1964 1 mins Silent
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A falconer visits Great Torrington Community School shows a kestrel, a buzzard and a peregrine falcon in a hunting and flying display on the school field. Pupils hold the birds for themselves. Kestrels are a type of falcon often seen hovering in the air over open fields and they use ultraviolet light to visually locate their prey. Small rodents lay scent trails which reflect UV light giving the kestrel hovering above the chance to trace and swoop.
Peregrine falcons are known for their high speed stoop where they descend vertically very quickly to catch prey in the air. Peregrines were used to keep birds off Royal Air Force airfields by preventing birdstrikes. After World War II their number decreased rapidly due to the use of pesticides. Hawks are used in city centres to keep pigeons from destroying historical buildings and some Peregrines have been reintroduced successfully into towns and cities.
Animals on Film
Wisdom of the Wild
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
Drama-documentary 1939 15 mins Location: Treorchy/Treorci
The Ocean Coal Co. employed not just miners but also shepherds, as evidenced here. Tom Jones of Treorchy protects the company's assets above ground with care and great skill.
Do you remember?
Amateur film 1950 18 mins Silent Location: Lone Barn Fm
Cowboys, Carnivals and Mayors on the slide appear alongside the most beserk and hilarious donkey race you'll ever see in Sussex
Billy Smart’s Circus
Amateur film 1950 2 mins Silent Location: Brighton
Brighton's crowds thrill to the sight of Billy Smart's Circus parading through their town in this film from the 1950s
Home for Ned
Amateur film 1970 8 mins Location: Newchapel
Enjoy this heartwarming film about neglected horses, ponies and donkeys being re-habilitated at 'Cherry Tree Farm' in leafy Surrey
Three Dogs in a Boat
Non-Fiction 1930 2 mins Silent Location: Sennen
Sink or swim as Rub and his chums are set adrift
News 1968 1 mins Silent Location: Great Torrington
Dairy woman set to retire after fifty years of milk deliveries in and around Torrington.
News 1974 8 mins Silent Location: Great Torrington
Ceremony ablaze with Viking custom
Non-Fiction 1950 5 mins Silent Location: Great Torrington
Carnival Procession sees whole town celebrate
Great Torrington May Fair
Non-Fiction 1953 10 mins Silent Location: Great Torrington
Great Torrington’s children lead a May Day procession
News 1978 1 mins Silent Location: Great Torrington
The successful clink of Handmade Dartington Crystal Glass in Torrington
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
Liberty Foundations Commercial
Advert 1956 2 mins Location: Market Harborough
Liberté, égalité and fraternité in corsets, girdles and bras.
Local Trader's Gazette
Advert 1930 9 mins Silent Location: East Sussex
This amazing discovery shows how cinema advertising used to look in Bygone Britain - a truly nostalgic gem of a film for lovers of Britain's past
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