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Ibberson Family and VE Day
Whether it’s the height of the war or its aftermath makes no difference to these children enjoying themselves: at the seaside, on V E Day and around the bomb sites of Sheffield.
Home movie 1945 17 mins Silent
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Three young sons of a Sheffield industrialist enjoy a walk in an idyllic country setting, with horse drawn plough in the distance, and have fun on a tricycle and feeding lambs in wartime Britain. Later they have family frolics on the beach, before they are joined by young friends for more fun to celebrate the end of the war at home; while other children play around bombed out terraces in Sheffield.
This is one of a large collection of films by Sheffield steel maker, “Billy” Ibberson, many very accomplished, made over a period of sixty years. The Ibberson company, seen in the film, was the first to manufacture stainless steel cutlery. Billy Ibberson was active in the Chamber of Commerce and the Company of Cutler’s, and became Master Cutler in 1954. His three sons featured in the film are Robert, the eldest, John, the middle one, and Charles. Sheffield was extensively bombed, aiming for the steel and engineering works to the east; although “the leafy district of Broomhill on the western heights of Sheffield” (John Betjeman), where the Ibbotson’s lived, suffered some bombing.
Home Movies & Amateur Film
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Amateur film 1939 20 mins Silent Location: Herne Bay
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MCC Tour of South Africa - Allom Home Movie No. 1
Amateur film 1930 9 mins Silent
Charming amateur film of the 1930-31 Marylebone Cricket Club team relaxing while on tour in South Africa.
Amateur film 1949 25 mins Silent Location: Ben Nevis
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Cine Snapshots - 1938
Amateur film 1937 9 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
Beautiful and engaging amateur footage of a lively 1930s Hong Kong.
They Are Forsaken: A Tale of an Island of the Hebrides
Travelogue 1938 20 mins Silent Location: Harris/Na Hearadh
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The Queen at Sheffield
Documentary 1897 1 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
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Factual TV 1988 5 mins Location: Sheffield
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Take Care of Your Teeth
Amateur film 1958 7 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
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Bus Strike Traffic
Sponsored film 1959 9 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
A Sheffield bus strike causes traffic congestion in this film that shows the significant local impact that a workplace dispute can have.
Women and Leisure
Current affairs 1988 11 mins Location: Leeds
This film sees Sheffield Council reform and modernise their approach to female leisure activities for their diverse and busy community.
Wartime Events in Sheffield
Amateur film 1942 19 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Military men and women from Sheffield put on a show from 1942-1947 in this patriotic compilation film.
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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