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.
This film is part of Free
Windows of opportunity: how a charity aimed to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.
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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 The film's commentary includes outdated language which is now considered offensive.
Charity appeal 1928 8 mins Silent
"In the kingdom of the blind, the St Dunstan's man is king": how blinded WWI soldiers set up their own businesses.
News 1974 4 mins Location: Tamworth
Disabled ex-miner Derek Sewell lets his chair do the talking in his quest to help people with mobility issues.
Charity appeal 1937 8 mins Silent Location: Andover
Charles Laughton stars in this appeal film for Enham Village Centre, where WWI servicemen with disabilities are cared for.
News 1976 2 mins Silent Location: Lanlivery
Special School receives a special visit.
East End Cripples Enjoy a Happy Days Outing in Epping Forest East End Cripples Enjoy a Happy Days Outing in Epping Forest
Non-Fiction 1911 2 mins Silent Location: Epping Forest
Disabled East End ‘ragged’ children go on a trip to the country - but not everyone seems happy
Short documentary 1970 13 mins
Thanks to the Winged Fellowship Trust disabled guests at Crabhill House enjoy a fortnight’s holiday that can make a real difference
Non-Fiction 1905 1 mins Location: Southport
When you're on a pier this long, you can be forgiven for taking public transport
Amateur film 1933 18 mins Silent Location: Winsford
Floral delights and more from around the North West.
Non-Fiction 1920 3 mins Silent Location: Southport
Gentle thrills on the North West coast - a fun day out for everyone, without getting a hair or whisker out of place.
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Location: Southport
Lord Derby opens Southport's fancy new bathing lake and pavilion in this newsreel item
Promotional 1975 16 mins Location: Churchtown
Come to sunny Southport for your summer holiday, with so much to see and do.
Amateur film 1986 16 mins Location: Southport
Push-nets, riddling and picking - the last days of the shrimping industry of Southport.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.