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Lest We Forget: The Nicholson War Memorial
Huge crowds flock to Leek to witness the unveiling of the town's tribute to the Great War's fallen. At 90 feet the Nicholson War Memorial is the tallest in the country.
Non-Fiction 1925 11 mins Silent
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The Nicholson War Memorial in Leek was commissioned by Sir Arthur and Lady Marianne Nicholson to honour their son Basil Lee Nicholson who was killed at the Battle of Ypres in 1915. 535 local men killed in action are commemorated on the memorial. The opening ceremony in front of a very large crowd, no doubt swollen by the closure of many local factories that afternoon, is performed by Sir Charles Harrington, then in charge of Northern Command of the British Army.
Funeral at the Front
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent
Sombre and moving World War I newsreel story.
Pontypridd Armistice Day Parade and Service 1952 and Coronation Festivities 1953
Amateur film 1952 30 mins Silent Location: Taff's Well
‘The Brave Don’t Cry’ shouts a poster advertising a film of the title, as Pontypridd citizens march past, commemorating the dead of WW1 and II. By contrast, the Coronation is fun.
Non-Fiction 1918 1 mins Silent Location: Hillingdon
A war shrine is unveiled in Hillingdon by one of Britain’s leading wartime politicians
War 1927 109 mins Silent Location: Hounslow
Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme
Unveiling of the Birmingham City Battalions Memorial
Non-Fiction 1933 13 mins Silent Location: Birmingham
Remembering the fallen comrades of the Warwickshire Regiment in a solemn ceremony fifteen years after the Armistice.
Unveiling of 1914-1918 War Roll of Honour at Holywell, c. 1919
Non-Fiction 1919 5 mins Silent Location: Holywell/Treffynnon
Flintshire lost hundreds of men on the WW1 battlefields, Holywell contributing 32 who are commemorated on the Roll of Honour plaques on the Town Hall, seen here being unveiled.
Back to Back
Promotional 1961 18 mins Location: Leek
Have you ever wondered how dad's distinctive cardigan was made? This colourful industrial film shows how the Co-op's Nelson Mills in Staffordshire does it.
Inside W. Tatton Silk Works, Leek
Promotional 1963 14 mins Silent Location: Leek
Spinning silk with speed and precision in Staffordshire.
Road Signs and Signals
Instructional film/TV programme 1947 mins Silent Location: Leek
Cycling safety, 40s style, in a charming and unexpectedly exhilarating film shot in and around Leek, Staffordshire.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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