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Lancashire's Time for Adventure
"Britain's bread hangs by Lancashire's thread" – cotton, Britain's great post-war hope.
1948 21 mins
Enter a world of imposing mills, smoke-spewing chimneys, cobbled streets festooned with washing and people of "salty humour, with a gift for sharp sayings". This edition of Rank's This Modern Age cinemagazine series (1946-1951) celebrates Lancashire's rich textile legacy by way of an appeal to workers to return to cotton. Many had switched to munitions manufacturing and other wartime industries during WW2 and were now wanted back.
Textiles on Film
Caefelin Laundry, Llangollen
Home movie 1937 20 mins Location: Llangollen
Nellie Boote's laundry in Market Street in operation, the women dashing away with all manner of smoothing irons as clothes are sorted, mended, washed, ironed and sorted again.
Woven by Hand
Documentary 1970 11 mins Location: Macclesfield
Handloom weaving, and its place in the history of textile production.
Textile Factory in Redruth
News 1975 1 mins Location: Redruth
Redruth Cottage Industry
News 1966 4 mins Location: Plymouth
Miniskirt - Passion and Power
Electricity - Power for Good
Promotional 1961 35 mins Location: Whitby
The NEEB sells an electrical future for modern homes and industries in the 1960s.
Documentary 1950 58 mins Location: Wycoller
The looms of Lancashire: how the upheaval of the Industrial Revolution created the thriving textile industry.
Power behind the Spindle
Documentary 1969 22 mins Location: Oldham
A last look at the mighty steam engines that once powered Lancashire's mills.
The George Saxon Engine, Magnet Mill
Documentary 1969 7 mins Location: Chadderton
See how steam powered the textile industry of Lancashire.
Platt's Lap Converter
Promotional 1951 13 mins Location: Oldham
Forget the carding machine - you need a lap convertor. Puzzled? Find out more here.
Out and About with the Collin Family
Home movie 1950 15 mins Location: Blackpool
The Collin family of Chadderton, Oldham, enjoy life to the full.
Street Processions in Oldham
Non-Fiction 1964 14 mins Location: Oldham
Whatever the weather, the procession will go on in this Lancashire town.
Oldham Mayoral Procession
Non-Fiction 1955 4 mins Location: Oldham
The mayoral procession and a day of civic pride in Oldham.
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.