Treasures from the regional & national archives


East Anglian Film Archive

A selection of films from the East Anglian Film Archive which celebrates life from the 1930s to the 1960s. The films focus on past industries, student life in Cambridge and pastimes and give a fascinating insight into everyday life from the perspective of amateur filmmakers.

The selection comprises: The Pleasure of Leisure; Fish & Clips; Pastures Olde; Christmas Past; Bicycles, Bedders & the Bumps; Our Sporting Lives.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Keith Johnson, Director of the Archive to introduce this screening.

National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales

Visit of the Rt. Hon. D. Lloyd George, OM, MP to Germany, September 2nd-16th, 1936

A fascinating title shot by Lloyd George’s Private Secretary, A. J. Sylvester, who was a keen filmmaker, showing George having tea with Hitler whilst on a pre-war visit to Germany.

In September 1936 Lloyd George accepted an invitation from Joachim von Ribbentrop, the German Ambassador to Britain, to visit Germany. Lloyd George was interested in Hitler’s ideas on the economy, unemployment and land use, having himself proposed similar ideas in his 1935 ‘New Deal’ which had been rejected by Stanley Baldwin’s cabinet.

Although an unofficial visit, he was received by Hitler at his holiday home in the Alps and his itinerary included tours of factories, and land-reclamation and road-building projects.

Screen Archive South East

Country Rhapsody | Frank Barnitt | 1938

Black & white | silent | 16 mins

A cine-poem created by the amateur film-maker Frank Barnitt on the Sussex-Kent borders in the late 1930s. It traces moments in the agricultural year from planting to harvesting and expresses the spirit of a non-mechanised rural world. The film forms part of series of rural films made by Barnitt and was designed to be accompanied by music however there is no knowledge of what music was employed originally. This version has a new piano score composed and played by Stephen Horne.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Frank Gray, Director of the Archive to introduce this screening.

Scottish Screen Archive

Milestones in the History of Highland Airways – 1933-4: A Restructuring of ‘Inauguration of First Highland Air Service’

1933-4 / 2013 | Silent with musical accompaniment | 12 mins

This early aviation film held by the Scottish Screen Archive since the late 1970s was re-discovered through a partnership project with voluntary arts organisation, Another Orkney Production.

Aviation Pioneer, Captain Ted Fresson, was identified in the footage at the launch of the First Highland Air Service, together with a previously unidentified film of the first Royal Mail Air Service from Inverness to Kirkwall. This newly re-structured film identifies key people, planes and moments that record this important moment in Scottish aviation history.

We are delighted to welcome Ruth Washbrook, Manager of the Archive to introduce this screening.

Yorkshire Film Archive

Middlesbrough on Film brings together carefully selected and edited films of Middlesbrough spanning a 70 year period. From the opening of the Transporter Bridge in 1911 to the last ship to be launched from Smiths Dock in 1986 and lots in between,  this is a nostalgic look back at the town and its history captured on film.

From Trike to Bike unearths a wealth of film footage capturing the joys of our personal cycling journeys.  From our very first tricycle to the nervous wobbles of the two wheeler, cycling proficiency tests, local road races and competitions, and Yorkshire’s own champion rider, Beryl Burton, the team at YFA have been delving into their archive collections to create a moving montage of cycling memories.

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