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Preston Egg Rolling (c.1901)
Easter Monday festivities in Avenham Park, Preston.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent
Mitchell and Kenyon filmed several local traditions, including this Easter custom in Preston's Avenham Park, which dates centuries and is still observed today. One of the showmen who commissioned the film doffs his top hat to the camera before gamely joining in. It's a communal occasion and a time to show off - one mother displays a baby nearly smothered in its swaddling clothes.
The movement for public parks peaked in the late Victorian and Edwardian years, fuelled by a belief that the mingling of the classes would be good for social cohesion, and by the need to provide the working classes with outdoor spaces away from the sinful pleasures of the tavern or music hall. Eleven parks can be seen among the films in the Mitchell and Kenyon collection, each of them an arena for physical exercise and civic pride.
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Documentary 1944 7 mins Location: Stanion
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Puppet (live-action) 1956 24 mins
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Amateur film 1952 9 mins Silent
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Non-Fiction 1923 1 mins
A fluffy white blizzard - of hundreds of newborn lambs - hits a Reading farm, keeping the shepherd's hands full.
1958 4 mins Location: Hyde Park
Easter Parade in Hyde Park, April 1958.
Sport 1900 2 mins Location: Preston
Relentless pressure from the Lilywhites leads to some cracking action but no goal for the camera
Amateur film 1938 10 mins Silent Location: Preston
Christmas planning on a grand scale in a Lancashire workplace.
The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Winston S. Churchill visits Fulwood and Preston, 27th June 1945 The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Winston S. Churchill visits Fulwood and Preston, 27th June 1945
Non-Fiction 1945 3 mins Silent Location: Fulwood
Winston Churchill visits Lancashire, in the closing days of his premiership and the last months of the Second World War.
Amateur film 1945 11 mins Silent Location: Preston
Playing the beautiful game - the ladies from Lancashire demonstrate their skills.
Steel Scrap Drives in Bolton, Preston and Liverpool 1952 Steel Scrap Drives in Bolton, Preston and Liverpool 1952
Non-Fiction 1952 12 mins Silent Location: Bolton
Any old iron? The people of the North West contribute to the nationwide collection of scrap metal.
1913 3 mins Location: Preston
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Drama 2019 26 mins
Arkita believes herself to be be modern, liberal and independent. An unprecedented encounter with a transgender sex worker questions her beliefs.
National Blood Service: Chief Executive's up-date, November 2001 National Blood Service: Chief Executive's up-date, November 2001
Sponsored film 2001 19 mins
Martin Gorham presents a video update to his staff, outlining some of his department's past achievements and upcoming challenges.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2020 10 mins
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2003 1 mins
A longer version of the famously icky anti-smoking promo in which cigarettes ooze fat.
Public Information Filler 2003 1 mins
“If you care, show it” - is the message to encourage voting in the Scottish elections, long before the galvanising independence referendum of 2014.
Short documentary 2021 4 mins
A South Asian gaze on representation, inequality and discrimination in UK film and TV, set against the backdrop of the casting room.