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Winter Fashions have been Modelled in a Park in Exmouth
Wearing Fur gets Hairy
News 1977 2 mins Silent
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A group of young models show fur fashions in a park in Exmouth. Fur is a questionable and controversial fashion statement. The anti-fur movement started after the anti-sealing campaign in the 1970s. Brigitte Bardot became involved in the anti-fur movement and as an actress and model she influenced many. Fur didn’t fall out of fashion until the 1980s when an aggressive media campaign stated it was morally wrong to kill and wear any animals.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation (PETA) is a UK charity dedicated to protecting the rights of animals. PETA's "I’d rather go naked than wear fur" campaign has seen many celebrities and the British public back the anti-fur campaign and there is now a stigma attached to wearing fur.
Textiles on Film
Caefelin Laundry, Llangollen
Home movie 1937 20 mins Silent 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.
From Back to Back
Promotional 1923 37 mins Silent Location: Manchester
From woolly sheep to satisfied customer - come and see how to produce a Co-operative coat.
Platt's Lap Converter
Promotional 1951 13 mins Location: Oldham
Forget the carding machine - you need a lap convertor. Puzzled? Find out more here.
Textile Factory in Redruth
News 1975 1 mins Silent Location: Redruth
Redruth Cottage Industry
News 1966 4 mins Location: Plymouth
Miniskirt - Passion and Power
Electricity - Power for Good
Promotional 1961 35 mins Location: Whitby
The NEEB sells an electrical future for modern homes and industries in the 1960s.
Current affairs 1962 4 mins Location: Exmouth
The Exmouth Players open to a full house.
Friend of the Little Tortoises
News 1961 5 mins Location: Exmouth
Kay Gray of Exmouth is interviewed about her campaign to stop the transportation of tortoises.
News 1978 2 mins Silent Location: Exmouth
Floats of fancy as the townspeople of Exmouth parade for the annual carnival.
The Way to the West
Travelogue 1947 17 mins Silent Location: Cheddar Gorge
Hitchcock went the wrong way! Head south by southwest with this travelogue from Bath to Cornwall.
Exmouth Lifeboat Launch
News 1961 mins Silent Location: Exmouth
RNLI crew launches its lifeboat in the Exe estuary.
Australian Women’s Cricket Team at Exmouth
Sport 1976 4 mins Location: Exmouth
The Australian Women’s Team tour England in the hot summer of 1976
ABC in Sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1933 2 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
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