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Woven by Hand
Handloom weaving, and its place in the history of textile production.
Documentary 1970 11 mins
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To the sound of the rhythmic clatter of textile looms, this film gives a brief history of handloom weaving, and examines how the technology works. We take a detailed look at the flying shuttle and the more sophisticated method of Jacquard weaving, as weavers from Cartwright & Sheldon Ltd. of Macclesfield, and UMIST's Textile Technology Department demonstrate their expertise.
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.
Promotional 1968 29 mins Location: Manchester
Faith in the inner city - the mission of the Sharon Full Gospel Church in Manchester.
Colour in Silk
Promotional 1954 14 mins Location: Macclesfield
Come to Cheshire to visit "the most famous silk firm in the greatest silk town in both hemispheres".
Industry sponsored film 1940 18 mins Location: Macclesfield
Silk production in Cheshire, using time-tested methods to produce a perfect product.
Macclesfield Hails Britain's Silk Queen
Non-Fiction 1933 4 mins Location: Macclesfield
The annual ceremony around the coronation of Macclesfield's silk queen will worm its way into your heart.
Chorlton Road, Sponsored Walks and Youth Centre Construction
Amateur film 1969 15 mins Silent Location: Manchester
An opportunity to visit the Sharon Full Gospel Church of Manchester, and the young members of its congregation.
Visit to her Old School - Buxton Carnival Queen
Non-Fiction 1934 8 mins Silent Location: Macclesfield
Buxton Carnival Queen goes back to school, and local people watch the carnival festivities.
Without Bounds to Beat
Documentary 2019 9 mins
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Drama 2019 12 mins
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Drama 2019 12 mins
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Drama 2019 7 mins
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Drama 2019 7 mins
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Documentary 2019 11 mins
A documentary on one of Scotland’s most isolated and breathtaking islands, where all 35 residents prepare for the remarkable roll-out of fibre-optic broadband.
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