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Peterborough, a city fit to live in
After it's emergence as a new city in 1968, Peterborough enticed people to move from London with the chance to improve their quality of life. But the city's plans had to be grand!
Documentary 1971 25 mins
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The commentary states "In 1960 there were 3 billion people in the world, by 1985, barring accidents, they'll be 5 billion. If chaos is to be avoided, homes and opportunities must be organised for them - now!" This regional documentary focuses on the movers and shakers of the city's Development Corporation as it unveils proposed expansion and provision for 100,000 more people with the investment of Ј330 million and the creation of a Greater Peterborough.
Written and produced by Tony Archer, this programme is a fascinating insight into the thinking behind urban town planning in 1971. A film such as this is an invaluable moviong image record of our social history.
Garden Cities & New Towns
Promotional 1952 10 mins Silent Location: Letchworth Garden City
1903 saw the launch of "First Garden City Ltd." and the purchase of development land near Hitchin. 50 years on, in Coronation year, Letchworth was worthy of another celebration.
1956 14 mins Location: Harlow
An insider's guide to 1950s Harlow made for US audiences, with architect Frederick Gibberd interviewed from the top of the Lawn tower block.
Cinemagazine 1973 8 mins Location: Milton Keynes
"The most exciting thing going on in Europe, if not the world": welcome to Milton Keynes circa 1973.
News 1966 3 mins Location: Stevenage
Stevenage is town planning utopia, for it boasts at least 50 - yes 50! - underpasses. Like a pro, the reporter’s enthusiasm enlivens the dry subject matter. Journeying is but a joy!
Amateur film 1957 15 mins Silent Location: Welwyn Garden City
Picturesque tour of Welwyn, England's second Garden City. A rural-urban idyll of spacious residential areas and green community spaces. A marvel of town planning design!
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1948 8 mins
Charley says (no, not that one) that Britain’s new towns are great
Promotional 1964 12 mins Location: Peterborough
With narration by Rodney Crouch, we see the latest equipment and typesetting processes that are needed to create one issue of a daily paper.
Duke of Gloucester opens new unit for mentally ill in Peterborough Duke of Gloucester opens new unit for mentally ill in Peterborough
News 1977 3 mins Location: Peterborough
Peterborough's new live-in facility for learning-disabled patients offers woodwork and pottery as therapy.
News 1980 2 mins Location: Peterborough
Isolation can be a problem for South Asians, especially for women. A new cultural centre in Peterborough is hoping to change that.
News 1976 4 mins Location: Peterborough
Peterborough's Playbus offers a fun and welcoming space for ethnic minority families to improve their English language skills.
News 1980 4 mins Location: Ferry Meadows Country Park
What is the secret to a successful dyke-jump? Apparently it’s all in the push-off! This daft Fenland sport, looks like a whole lot of fun.
Sport 1946 6 mins Silent Location: Peterborough
The children of Peterborough run rings around comedian Tommy Handley and other dignitaries during a city sports day.
Documentary 2019 16 mins
Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
Music video 2019 8 mins
A conceptual film following musical artist Jords’ quest to serendipity. The Tree of Life’ is the cornerstone of the film as he battles to triumph through grief.
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