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The end of an era for a piece of Lancashire's steam-powered industrial heritage.
Amateur film 1982 6 mins
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In this amateur film record, we pay a brief visit to Queen Street Mill in Harle Syke, a small village north of Burnley, on its last working day. Workers still operate the looms and the noise is deafening, but finally the mill engine slows to a halt, the workers depart, and another thread linking us to the heyday of the Lancashire cotton industry is broken.
In 1986, Queen Street Mill reopened as a textile museum. Now the only operational 19th century steam-powered weaving mill in existence, the building is Grade 1 listed, and its collection designated as being of National Importance.
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Lancashire League Championship Season 1938
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An exciting finale to the cricket season, and a chance to see the great George Headley in action.
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Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
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Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
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Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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