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My Holiday Blackpool 1939
War is looming, but the seaside resorts of Lancashire draw the crowds as always.
Home movie 1939 7 mins Silent
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War is looming, but when filmmaker Walter Lynn of Warrington Cine Society records his trip to the seaside, he finds life going on as normal. Donkeys trot along the beaches, hardy souls brave the waves, and the Pleasure Beach is as popular as ever. Mr Lynn completes his film with the launch of the new Fleetwood lifeboat 'Ann Letitia Russell', which, unsurprisingly, draws a crowd of eager onlookers.
Amateur film 1953 28 mins Silent Location: Heywood
The Inskip League of Friendship tackles social isolation for people with physical disabilities.
Amateur film 1949 5 mins Silent Location: Fleetwood
With the wind in their sails, international model yacht racers compete on Lancashire's Fylde Coast.
Fleetwood - The Resort with an Infinite Variety of Pleasures Fleetwood - The Resort with an Infinite Variety of Pleasures
Amateur film 1940 11 mins Silent Location: Fleetwood
A place of quiet appeal: a seaside resort in the shadow of a large and noisy neighbour.
Amateur film 1960 16 mins Silent Location: Fleetwood
Behind the scenes in the fishing industry, as the Fylde town supports its trawlermen.
Amateur film 1953 16 mins Silent Location: Fleetwood
The place to be in 1953 - the resort with two lighthouses on Lancashire's Fylde Coast.
Amateur film 1930 4 mins Silent Location: Blackpool
Come rain or shine, we're off to the seaside - a trip along the Fylde Coast in all kinds of weather.
Drama 2020 21 mins
A young Palestinian woman crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, who she hopes will be her ticket to a new life.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
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