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Norma's Birthday Party And Family Get-together
Even in wartime, the fun goes on for the Hart family of Droylsden, and their friends, and dog.
Home movie 1941 10 mins Silent
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Family and friends are to be treasured, particularly in wartime, and everyone looks to be having fun in this beautifully shot film. From the cheerful group at a young woman's birthday party to a more sedate family tea, and then a sing-along around a piano, filmmaker Ernest Hart - Norma's father - provides us with a delightful record of people enjoying each other's company in difficult times.
Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives
Visit to Germany
Home movie 1936 28 mins Silent
Lloyd George tours the sights of Nazi Germany while his chauffeurs lark about with an SS Officer in this grimly fascinating film.
House of Jan and Pete: A Birthday
Amateur film 1984 14 mins Location: Milton Regis
Sarah celebrates her 18th birthday surrounded by family and friends - but before she gets her front-door key she must endure the 'bumps'
Plymouth's Bombed Out St Andrew's Church
Non-Fiction 1949 1 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Civic and Church leaders gather for a special service in the shell of St Andrew's
Plymouth Hoe Promenading
Non-Fiction 1940 2 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Iconic area of Plymouth Hoe is the focus for city's entertainment
Non-Fiction 1920 10 mins Silent Location: Devon
Bright young things thereto plight troth in a society wedding.
Wedding Day - Jannaud Rides Again
Non-Fiction 1962 3 mins Silent Location: Mousehole
The beginnings of a wedding videography industry as this home movie maker shoots to fill.
Workers Leaving a Factory in Droylsden (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Droylsden
Workers in Edwardian Lancashire become ghostly thanks to an odd camera effect.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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