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Rural Life on Film

20023 Come to South West Durham

We're celebrating the launch of Britain on Film Rural Life: a new release of over 750 films charting the changing British countryside. Explore the ways of life and unique traditions still surviving amongst communities today, as well as those which have since dwindled or disappeared entirely.


20023 Come to South West Durham

A Summer Gala

Ashington Childrens Sports Association Gala

1955 | Film No. 12774

To celebrate the arrival of the great British summertime, we thought you might enjoy this gloriously colourful film of the Ashington Childrens Sports Association Gala in the 1950s (under grey skies, of course), with a parade, egg and spoon, Punch and Judy, and some very chaotic folk dances.

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12774 Ashington Childrens Sports Association 1955

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The Hoppings 2016

All the Fun of the Fair!

The Hoppings funfair rolls back into town this week. A Tyneside amateur filmmaker captured the dizzying spectacle of a Newcastle night time Hoppings on the Town Moor in the 1960s, with neon lights and thrilling rides such as the Paratrip, Looper, space age Meteorite, and a Victorian favourite, the gyrating Cakewalk.

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Billingham at Play

June 1956 | Film No. 8261

Coca Cola and calisthenics! This workers’ Sports and Gala Day at the ICI Synthonia Club is packed full of visually lush 50s fun and fashions.

8261 Billingham at Play 1956

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