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Rooftop Restaurant in Plymouth
The city's new sky bar and restaurant opens for business.
Current affairs 1962 6 mins
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Plymouth's Civic Centre is a fourteen-storey modernist building opened in 1962. It encapsulates a city's high-rise pride and joy as the centrepiece of post-war reconstruction before it became something of a marmite building. The rooftop restaurant boasts a spectacular view and a TV reporter catches with up restaurant-goers. Enthusiastic customers chew away at delights served on canteen crockery from a good old British menu. In 1975 fire risk forced its closure.
Based on the plans designed by Hector Stirling and built by the London firm of Jellicoe Ballantyne Coleridge, the Civic sits proudly above a wide, open public square forming part of a long pedestrianised boulevard-style sweep from centre shops up to the Hoe and the sea. A successful Save the Tower campaign encouraged English Heritage in 2007 to slap a Grade II listing on this important example of twentieth century post-war architecture. Its redevelopment is in the hands of Manchester development company Urban Splash who have plans to reopen the top floor perhaps with less dishes garnished à la lettuce and English salad tomato but deconstructed sponge pudding and custard could enjoy a resurgence.
Public Information Filler 1940 7 mins
This informative herring aid from WWII makes no bones about the need to make the most of every fish
News 1972 5 mins Location: Wednesbury
Tasting the plain, good 'fittle' of the Black Country - just remember to pull the hairs out of those pork scratchings.
News 1979 4 mins Location: Moseley
A new type of shop appears on the high street: Indian sweets have arrived in Birmingham.
Non-Fiction 1965 7 mins Location: Birmingham
From the House of Liang Nam to the Kam Ling Bamboo Rooms: the pioneers who made the long journey from Hong Kong to bring Chinese food to Birmingham.
1936 9 mins Silent
Guests to impress? Celebrity chef Marcel Boulestin out a quick veal escalope with the aid of a shiny new gas cooker.
Non-Fiction 1918 4 mins Silent
Handy hints for would-be fromagers
Advert 1960 1 mins Location: Plymouth
A charming regional commercial for Plymouth’s best loved department store.
Advert 1960 0 mins Location: Plymouth
Help keep your relationship on track by outsourcing your laundry!
Current affairs 1961 5 mins Location: Plymouth
Cruising into the history books SS Liberté makes its final voyage stopping at Plymouth en route to Le Havre.
Current affairs 1965 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Former shipwright turns his talents to model-making.
Current affairs 1977 7 mins Location: Plymouth
The skateboard phenomenon is taking off on Plymouth Hoe.
Current affairs 1984 1 mins Location: Plymouth
Reporter tests the theory of caviar heightening libido.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
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.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
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.
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