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'If Winter Comes' - It Has!
Dashing through the snow; on a six-horse open plough... The streets are ready for sledging in 1920s Buxton.
Non-Fiction 1923 1 mins
The first big snow of winter brings both excitement and chaos; and in 1920s newsreels it prompted reports filled with smiling sledgers just as it does on today's TV. Here, though, the freshly-ploughed streets are filled not with creeping cars but with whizzing toboggans. The story title refers to ASM Hutchinson's hugely popular 1921 novel, If Winter Comes, filmed in 1923 and again in 1947.
Toys Will Be Toys
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”.
Closure of Snibston Colliery
Current affairs 1983 5 mins Location: Snibston
A bleak Christmas for the men of Snibston Colliery as mining in Coalville comes to an end in the last days of 1983.
Drama 1914 33 mins
Moving theatre-set Christmas tale of a former dancer and her child
The Traditions of a Surgeon at Christmas
Amateur film 1962 17 mins Location: Cambridge
The filmic memoirs in Cambridgeshire of heart surgeon Christopher Parish and his family, beginning with Christmas traditions, and including a royal visit. The year is 1962.
Christmas Church Parade
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins
Recruits of Lord Kitchener's 'New Army' parade on Christmas morning.
The Iles - in the garden, at the seaside, at Christmas
Amateur film 1940 10 mins 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.
The Federation of Soroptimist Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland Tenth Annual Conference, Buxton
Amateur film 1939 12 mins Location: Buxton
Female members of the Soroptimist organisation congregate in the Derbyshire town of Buxton for their annual conference.
Derbyshire on Britain's Cresta Run
Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Location: Buxton
Snow in the High Peak sees Buxton locals take to the slopes for some winter sports in this attractive newsreel.
The English Switzerland
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Location: Buxton
A winter paradise in the Peak District: beautifully-composed shots of snow-clad Buxton.
Devonshire Hospital Buxton
Non-Fiction 1916 2 mins Location: Buxton
Rheumatic soldiers are treated with the latest in hydrotherapy at the Devonshire Hospital in Buxton, Derbyshire.
Buxton Skyline (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Location: Buxton
A striking panorama of the Peak District town and its magnificent Georgian Crescent.
Buxton Well Dressing (1904)
Non-Fiction 1904 6 mins Location: Buxton
A lavish bioscope show, maypole dancing and decorated wells in Edwardian Derbyshire.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Somercotes Parish Church Sunday School Procession 1953
Home movie 1953 5 mins Location: Somercotes
The Sunday school in their Sunday best taking their message into the community.
Home movie 1960 5 mins Location: Haverfordwest/Hwlffordd
Moo, mart, marriage and spring blooms – it’s all happening in Pembrokeshire.
Malltraeth: birds observed
Home movie 1955 3 mins Location: Malltraeth
Anglesey-based artist Charles Tunnicliffe swaps brushes for a camera and offers us the chance to look a cormorant in its emerald-green eye.
A Stroll across the Severn Bridge
Home movie 1975 3 mins Location: Severn Road Bridge
Mrs Joan Elizabeth Jones and her daughter Miriam put their best feet forward and cross the bridge, a scooter taking them by surprise.
Chalk Down Farming
News 1965 5 mins Location: Ogbourne St George
Life on a Wiltshire farm.