Set up in 1977, the North West Film Archive preserves moving images made in or about Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Cumbria and offers a variety of access services to users in the public, academic and commercial sectors.
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Windows of opportunity: how a charity aimed to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.
Charity appeal 1934 8 mins Not rated
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This fundraising film promotes the work of the Blind Aid Society of Manchester and Salford. From the home teaching service, and cricket for the blind in Heaton Park, to the convalescent home in Southport, this is a record of the charitable help available to blind and partially sighted local people in the 1930s. The film's commentary includes outdated language which is now considered offensive.
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