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
"From flower to fabric" - the story of the Lancashire cotton industry.
Documentary 1943 78 mins
From the collection of:
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.
Comedy 1906 6 mins Silent
Chaos reigns as the removal men do their worst…
Science Fiction 1906 3 mins Silent
The lengths that some people will go to, just to avoid a speeding ticket… in this case to Saturn and back.
Aberdeen University Quarter Centenary Celebrations Aberdeen University Quarter Centenary Celebrations
Non-Fiction 1906 32 mins Silent Location: Aberdeen
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra open new buildings at Marischal College, Aberdeen
The Medium Exposed? Or, A Modern Spiritualistic Seance The Medium Exposed? Or, A Modern Spiritualistic Seance
Comedy 1906 7 mins Silent
Faking the ability to contact the dead proves to be a big mistake for one Edwardian charlatan.
Comedy 1902 1 mins Silent
Grandma sews a patch on her grandson’s trousers
1903 1 mins Silent
Four-year-old girl and boy dance a mean cakewalk
About the archive
Know this place?
Do you recognise a place, building or location in this film?
Help us populate the Britain on Film map by spotting and plotting the street or location you know. This is a BFI project and anyone can help.
Go to our Britain on Film crowdsourcing site and contribute to our mapping mission – to identify locations within our archive films.Add a location