The Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.
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Hull Street Scenes - Fiction Film
The age old story of two youths attempting to woo the same attractive young woman, then having a sword fight, but here given a comic twist at the end.
Comedy 1957 4 mins
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A light-hearted and whimsical take on the sad tale of forlorn love, with the traditional romantic gestures of a duel, and ending with our would-be suitors looking rather foolish. Hull University students enact the comic tragedy, with some clever special effects along the way, in York’s Museum Gardens.
This inventive film is one of a number of films made by Hull student, John Turner. Turner arrived in Hull in 1957 to study Physics at the University. During his three years there he made about 100 minutes of standard 8mm film, all done using 4 minute reels. The other films that Turner made are very different from this one: Turner simply taking his camera out to local places in Hull and recording what he saw in the cinéma vérite style that was beginning to emerge at the time. Among his observations are children playing in the bomb sites, streets and parks, working in the docks, shoppers at the city centre markets and revellers at the famous Hull Fair. Together they present a unique document of life in Hull around 1957.
Hull - UK City Of Culture 2017
Hull F.C. v Hull Kingston Rovers (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 4 mins Silent Location: Kingston upon Hull
Rugby arch rivals lock horns in Hull.
1965 20 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
This is a fascinating tour of a major manufacturer in Hull, before its disappearance, showing the quality of design and workmanship in the production of their cranes.
Sunday Parade in East Park in Hull (1904)
Non-Fiction 1904 7 mins Silent Location: East Park
A grand day out in Edwardian Hull.
School programme and Educational film 1955 25 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
The Wild West arrives in Hull in 1955 in the figure of the legendary Davy Crockett , on horse-back and clad in coonskin cap and buckskins, to learn some twentieth century road sense.
Assembling track at Chalk Lane Sidings, Hull
Non-Fiction 1957 22 mins Silent Location: Hessle
This is a fascinating, and somewhat puzzling, film of railway workers assembling a large section of crossover track, apparently not in situ.
Amos & Smith Boiler Works, Hull (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Kingston upon Hull
Bicycles and broomsticks at the ready as workers finish shift at a marine engineering works in Victorian Hull.
Military Sunday in York
Non-Fiction 1929 9 mins Silent Location: York
In this colour tinted film, made in-between the wars, York’s army servicemen proudly march before expectant crowds in front of York Minster.
Tower Pictorial News: York Assizes
Non-Fiction 1924 3 mins Silent Location: York
In this intriguing short film from the 1920s, a selection of York’s long gone imposing 18th Century judicial buildings are centre stage.
Rowntree Mackintosh Station Halt
Amateur film 1987 3 mins Silent Location: York
This significant film, shot in the late 1980s, preserves the history behind Rowntree Halt Station shortly before it was permanently closed.
York Minster Fire
News 1984 8 mins Silent Location: York
A devastating fire engulfs and destroys a significant section of York Minster in this poignant film from 1984.
The Last Reel
Amateur film 1966 6 mins Silent Location: York
Teenage members of a York cine club document the last hurrah of a much-loved picture house – in CinemaScope!
Amateur film 1938 8 mins Silent Location: York
In this fascinating film, made before the introduction of health and safety, workmen carry stacks of bricks on their head instead of hardhats.
ABC in Sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1933 2 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
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