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Archive film screening is a window onto the past
RARE footage featuring landmarks in Worcestershire’s past will hit the big screen at a special showing.
A series of films showcasing historic events and landmarks in the city have been culled from Worcestershire County Council’s Archive and Archaeology Service, along with the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), and put together under the umbrella title of Worcestershire on Film.
Among the topics to come under the spotlight at the event, which will be hosted by the Swan Theatre, will be the Berrows Journal newspaper, a poignant piece about the closure of the village school at Spetchley and some pre-war home movies, including Shelsley Walsh hill climb and the 1937 Coronation in Belbroughton.
There will also be some newly digitised material shot by Worcester film-maker John Beer, including VJ Day being celebrated in the city and Worcester grinding to a halt during the record-breaking snowfall of 1947.
Other highlights include scenes shot at Royal Worcester porcelain works from 1958 and a behind-the-scenes look at the production of this paper’s sister title, the Berrows Worcester Journal, the world’s oldest newspaper.
Paul Hudson, the county council’s learning and outreach manager for the archive and archaeology service, said viewers would be able to pick out scenes and images they know well from the old footage.
“We’re pleased to be able to return to the Swan with a new selection of films,” he said.
“People always enjoy seeing the past on the big screen, and there’s usually a good buzz and people reminisce and maybe spot someone or something they know.
“People love coming to these events to see the old films, and more than 3,000 have attended our previous screenings around the county, with previous screenings at the Swan selling out – so it’s advisable to book.”
The event takes place at the Swan on Wednesday, August 14, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6. For more information and to book tickets, call the Worcester Live box office on 01905 611427.
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