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Wolverhampton into the Seventies
Bricks and mortar makes way for concrete and reinforced steel as Wolverhampton sweeps the past aside in a modernist town planning utopia.
Documentary 1970 20 mins
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Houses and Georgian and Victorian shops give way to flats as Wolverhampton prepares for the modern age: the 1970s. Two new shopping centres, tower block living and a ring-road that cuts through large areas of the old town are the result. Progress perhaps but a nightmare for the sentimentalist or Victorian enthusiast.
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Milton Keynes - A Village City
Cinemagazine 1973 8 mins Location: Milton Keynes
"The most exciting thing going on in Europe, if not the world": welcome to Milton Keynes circa 1973.
Round the Wirral with a Movie Camera
Promotional 1934 9 mins Silent Location: Birkenhead
Birkenhead's sights, shopping opportunities and industries.
Amateur film 1979 8 mins Silent Location: Sudbury
Sudbury's market dates back to 1009! One of Suffolk's popular markets, amateur filmmaker John Anderson documents the stall holders and their visitors circa 1979.
Non-Fiction 1961 11 mins Silent Location: Bradford
The hope for a bright post war future for this newly built council estate in Bradford in 1961, with dads tending the gardens and kids playing on jiggers in the streets.
Street Scenes in Halifax (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 10 mins Silent Location: Halifax
Many views of busy, bustling Halifax, including a handsome, horse-drawn steam fire engine.
Jamaica Street Glasgow (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Glasgow
A flood of pedestrians and horse-drawn traffic in Edwardian Glasgow.
On The Fifth Day
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1979 2 mins Silent Location: Wolverhampton
A flight of fancy, and a story of creation seen with an animator's eye.
Little Red Riding Hood
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 8 mins Location: Wolverhampton
A big, bad, but very stylish, wolf meets his match in this model animation of a traditional fairy tale.
Current affairs 1978 9 mins Location: West Bromwich
The UK's immigration laws have prevented Dara Singh from seeing his family for a decade. His is one of many sad stories...
Asian Community Centre
News 1979 5 mins Location: Wolverhampton
Will the 'House of Cards' be the sanctuary that the elderly Asian men of Wolverhampton need?
The Bottom of the List
Documentary 1968 27 mins Location: Wolverhampton
World In Action visits Wolverhampton for a hard-hitting report on race and housing.
Magazine and Review show 1984 7 mins Location: Wolverhampton
A centre for the "undertones and outcasts". Breaking down cultural and generational barriers at Wolverhampton's first Rastafari centre.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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