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Platt's Lap Converter
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Promotional 1951 13 mins
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A promotional film for the new lap convertor - a textile processing machine made by Platt Bros. Ltd. of Oldham. Aimed at an audience familiar with textile industry terminology, the film takes a detailed look at a specialised piece of industrial machinery. The narrator lists the features that make it superior to older, less sophisticated, models, before we see it in operation in a Lancashire mill.
Textiles on Film
Caefelin Laundry, Llangollen
Home movie 1937 20 mins Location: Llangollen
Nellie Boote's laundry in Market Street in operation, the women dashing away with all manner of smoothing irons as clothes are sorted, mended, washed, ironed and sorted again.
Woven by Hand
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Handloom weaving, and its place in the history of textile production.
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News 1975 1 mins Location: Redruth
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The NEEB sells an electrical future for modern homes and industries in the 1960s.
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The looms of Lancashire: how the upheaval of the Industrial Revolution created the thriving textile industry.
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A last look at the mighty steam engines that once powered Lancashire's mills.
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"Britain's bread hangs by Lancashire's thread" – cotton, Britain's great post-war hope.
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See how steam powered the textile industry of Lancashire.
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Home movie 1950 15 mins Location: Blackpool
The Collin family of Chadderton, Oldham, enjoy life to the full.
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Non-Fiction 1964 14 mins Location: Oldham
Whatever the weather, the procession will go on in this Lancashire town.
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Non-Fiction 1955 4 mins Location: Oldham
The mayoral procession and a day of civic pride in Oldham.
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Inside Film 2016 31 mins
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Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
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Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
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The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
The roads around Portsmouth are about to be transformed with concrete and steel in this 1970 film from W J Evans.
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete