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"From flower to fabric" - the story of the Lancashire cotton industry.
Documentary 1943 78 mins
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This film is set during World War II, but tells a wider story - of how Lancashire, "the shire of rugged moors, of mist and rain" became the heart of the global cotton industry. We follow the trail of cotton from the USA to Lancashire, and then go inside the mills themselves. Finally, the film looks forward, to technological innovations that will transform the industry in the post-war world.
Textiles on Film
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.
Promotional 1923 37 mins Silent Location: Manchester
From woolly sheep to satisfied customer - come and see how to produce a Co-operative coat.
Promotional 1951 13 mins Location: Oldham
Forget the carding machine - you need a lap convertor. Puzzled? Find out more here.
News 1975 1 mins Silent Location: Redruth
Redruth Cottage Industry
News 1966 4 mins Location: Plymouth
Miniskirt - Passion and Power
Promotional 1961 35 mins Location: Whitby
The NEEB sells an electrical future for modern homes and industries in the 1960s.
Documentary 1980 27 mins Location: Bury
A visit to Darul Uloom School in South Lancashire, the UK's first Muslim school
Documentary 1950 34 mins Silent Location: Bury
The process of cloth production in Bury - from delivery to dispatch.
Amateur film 1955 11 mins Silent Location: Bury
From couture to commemoration - a varied selection of events from the Lancashire town.
Moving House, Christmas Decorations and a Rose Queen Procession Moving House, Christmas Decorations and a Rose Queen Procession
Home movie 1951 14 mins Silent Location: St Annes
Leisure scenes with the Hardman family, at their new home and out and about.
Amateur film 1956 20 mins Silent Location: Bury
Cups of tea, meals on wheels, and surviving a nuclear attack - Bury Women's Voluntary Service can help with all of these, and more.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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