Clarets Creative Project
There was a screening of archive films about Burnley FC, selected from the NWFA collections, in the 1882 Lounge at Turf Moor on Wednesday October 20th, as part of an event organised by the Clarets Creative project. This free event was introduced by Club Historian Ray Simpson and provided Burnley football fans with an opportunity to find out about different ways to access and explore their local history.
Clarets Creative is a community project that aims to preserve and share memories and stories about being a Burnley FC fan.
Gleaners: Archive Remix & Live Soundtracks - Monday 4th October 2010, King's Arms Salford
Moving Memories: Tales from Moss Side and Hulme
MOVING Memories, a film that recounts childhood and working life in Manchester has been short-listed for a Times Higher Education (THE) award.
MMU’s Public Engagement Fellowship scheme was established to support genuine two-way engagement between university and community partners. MMU staff and their community partners put forward project ideas which were selected by online public voting. MMU is a partner in the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement, the largest ever public engagement project in the UK, funded by HEFCE, Research Councils UK and Wellcome Trust. For more information on public engagement at MMU contact Sam Gray on 0161 247 3429.
Moving Memories at the Monastery
Three short films that combine archive footage held at the NWFA with contemporary interviews were screened on Sunday August 1st in the wonderful surroundings of The Monastery in Gorton. Produced and directed by Karen Gabay, the films tell stories of Manchester’s recent past.
Tales from Moss Side and Hulme
Belle Vue: The Gardens That John Built
Ice Cream: Manchester’s Little Italy
Better than Chalk and Talk
The North West Film Archive linked with partners in Lancashire Museums, Libraries and Record Offices, Towneley Hall Museum, and MMU History Department to create displays and offer workshops and screenings which brought to life the legacy of this Lancashire filmmaker.
A display illustrating the life and work of Sam Hanna (1903-1996) toured Colne and Burnley from March to July 2010 with workshop activities and screenings running at some venues.
The NWFA will be putting 10 hours of film online alongside the full catalogue - watch this space!
Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, 1st May - 10th July 2010
Throughout the exhibition there will be a changing programme of themed film screenings: 'Working Life', 'School Life', 'Celebrations', 'Home Life' and 'Leisure Time', which visitors can watch from the comfort of a specially created mini cinema. The exhibition also features newly commissioned short films and animations created by local school children and young people; a nostalgic look back at the 'picture palaces' of the past; and plenty of fun activities for all the family.
Funding Boosts NWFA Projects in Moss Side/Hulme and Burnley
Moving Memories - Tales from Moss Side and Hulme, the NWFA project that was chosen as one of the MMU's Public Engagement Fellowships in 2008, premiered at Afewe in Hulme on October 23rd 2009.
The new film, directed by Karen Gabay, is the result of taking BBC regional films - about the experiences of the first West Indian and Sikh families to come to Manchester in the 1960s to 1980s – back to the neighbourhoods where they were filmed, and recording interviews with people from different communities whose memories were sparked by the stories. The film will be screened in schools and colleges, libraries, community groups and to the general public to share the stories as widely as possible.
The project featured in an edition of BBC 1's Inside Out (North West) on Monday 25th January. BBC Manchester has a supporting story on their website with extracts from the film available to view online. MMU News also picked up on this story with background information on the project and more on the Public Engagement Fellowship Scheme.
More to come! A successful funding application for £60,000 to the MLA’s Learning Revolutions Festival means that the PEF has secured the support to develop the idea with two more films.
Sam Joins the Revolution
A second strand of this ‘Reel Revolutions’ project is happening in the Burnley area, building on the Archive’s ‘Sam Hanna Online’ project. Partnering with Lancashire’s heritage sector and the WFA in Hulme, adult learners will receive training to make new films in response to this fascinating film collection, creating contemporary reflections of life and work in Pennine Lancashire today.
A new exhibition at MMU Special Collections by Jonathan Carson and Rosie Miller
14 September 2009 - 29 January 2010
In a museum ‘things’ sit beside one another
in sometimes unlikely combinations. They tell something of
their own story but also produce new narratives, just by
Places of Public Resort is on the BBC Big Screen in Clayton Square, Liverpool from 24th July, continuing through August, and part of 'London 2012 Open Weekend'.
Awarded the 'Inspire' mark, this project is a collaboration between the NWFA, the BBC and the International Centre for Digital Content at Liverpool John Moores University - commissioned by Liverpool City Council.
It will offer a giant video carousel that members of the public can scroll through using hand movements when standing in front of the screen and the content of the carousel is taken from the BBC North West collection at the NWFA, showing people enjoying outdoor public spaces. Suffused with now-generation nostalgia and occupying a platform more commonly associated with contemporary and late-breaking news, the past will become jumbled with the present as we encourage observers to linger and look anew at how we choose to draw together in a collective wish for novelty and escape.
is part of Manchester International Festival and took place on Deansgate, Manchester on Sunday 5th July 2pm.
Procession: An Exhibition opens at Cornerhouse on 9th July with banners, films, talks and events, and there is a Procession Online website - lots of NWFA footage to enjoy in both. Take your movie camera to the Procession on Sunday and let us know about the film you make either directly to email@example.com or through the Procession Online website.
Art School! Art School!
Manchester School of Art since 1838 - Historic PerspectivesA new exhibition in MMU Special Collections Gallery Open Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm (7pm Thursdays) 16th March - 21st August
Including, from the NWFA collection, the first ever film made about an art school, made here by a student in 1930.
YOUR VOTE WORKED AND 'MOVING MEMORIES' WON!
The NWFA's project came out top in the vote for one of the Manchester Metropolitan University's Public Engagement Fellowships - so sincere thanks to everyone for their support. We look forward to delivering the project - an inter-generational exploration of life in Hulme and Moss Side in the 1960 – 80s through contemporary BBC North West television features - with our partner Troubadour Foundation, in 2009.
HOME MOVIE DAY at the NWFA - Saturday 18th October 2008 - 10.30am to 3pm
MMU staff and students are invited to bring their home movies in for expert advice on preserving and showing them.
Over 500 new titles have been added to the on-line catalogue. Highlights include films of life aboard a Fleetwood trawler during the 'Cod Wars' of the 1970s; award-winning amateur films made by a Stockport teacher in the 1940s; and family films featuring life in and around Droylsden during the Second World War.
There is film of Preston North End's promotion from Division 2 in 1952, featuring the only colour footage of Sir Tom Finney in action; scenes from the legendary 1972 Bickershaw Pop Festival; and the earliest known footage of the Beatles performing in 1962.
Other new additions to the on-line catalogue include early work by the Oscar nominated animator Paul Berry; a detailed look at the Battersby Hat Factory in Stockport in the 1930s; and an extensive collection of family films showing life in Chorlton during the 1960s, made by a local doctor.
Further details about all of the above films, plus many more, can be found through our search pages. Please contact the archive through our Comments and Enquiries page if you are interested in seeing any of our film and video material.
Look out for another new 6-part series of The Way We Were, drawing extensively on film from this collection. It's on ITV Granada - to start in June 2007.
Two new projects started in April - one will make it possible to research and view BBC North West regional news and documentary footage from the mid 1966 to 1985 held in the the NWFA, and another will be to survey the extent of film and video material in Merseyside - currently outside the remit of the NWFA - which may be at risk, with a view to recommending action for future provision. Cumbria material will now also become the responsibility of the NWFA in due course. Two new pages are in preparation, giving further details - see home page for links.
The NWFA is pleased to be collaborating with Artifact - the Higher Education hub for the arts and creative industries - in bringing the on-line catalogue to users of that service. A search on the Artifact catalogue will now also search the NWFA's records and link directly to an email enquiry button. Try it for yourself!
www.artifact.ac.uk (now Intute)
The Bigger Picture Commissioning Programme - the NWFA is pleased to be collaborating with The Bigger Picture on the commissioning of new work for the Big Screen in Exchange Square in Manchester city centre. Five new pieces will be created for the screen, one of which is an exciting opportunity for an artist in residence at the NWFA. Deadline for proposals is Friday 15th October 2004 - see The Bigger Picture website - and do go and take a look at the Screen!
There is now a new series of ITVGranada's The Way We Were... in production, scheduled for transmission in January 2005. A very successful 8-part series of The Way We Were... finished on Granada Television on Thursday March 4th, and the response from viewers was tremendous. In collaboration with Granada TV, we are now considering releasing it on DVD and video. If you would be interested in purchasing it please leave your details on 0161 247 6531, or here at the website on our Comments and Enquiries facility. (If you have already been in touch about it we will still have your details.) It would be useful if you could indicate how many copies you might want, and on which format. We will be in touch when it is confirmed.
The North West Film Archive was awarded a place in the Top 6 Winners of the North West Archival Treasury competition - The Changing Face of Salford Part I: Life in the Slums 1968/9 is a moving record of the hardships of the daily life of people in the terraced streets of Ordsall at a time of great change. Also in the top 30 was a film of Yuri Gagarin's visit to Manchester in July 1961 - 3 months after he became the first man to orbit the earth.
September 2003 was national Archives Awareness Month and the North West Film Archive programmed four public screenings around the region with the support of a grant from the North West Museums Libraries and Archives Council (NWMLAC). These were at Cornerhouse in Manchester on 9th September, featuring a special presentation on the Mitchell & Kenyon project; Burnley Mechanics on the 17th September; and Winsford Library on 24th September and 22nd October.
England on Film The NWFA was the principal source of archive footage for one of four themed BBC England on Film programmes. Ours was about the cotton industry and there is further information and footage on the BBC's Nation on Film website.
NWFA 25th Anniversary Clips With the expert and invaluable assistance of colleagues in MMU's Media Services, you may now view 25 clips of titles from the collection on-line.
The North West Film Archive is a part of the Library Service of the Manchester Metropolitan University.
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