The Derby Lectures – Our Hidden Film Heritage: full house on Thursday 23rd February

Friends of Derby Local Studies watch vintage footage of the Queen's visit to Derby in the 1950s, Derby v. Leicester football match 1939 and a film made by Norman Fitchett in the 1960s with Pear Tree Junior school which showed many of the long gone industries and shops in and around Derby

Friends of Derby Local Studies attended a fim premier with a difference! Tucked away in boxes in attics and sheds, cupboards and garages are the filmed records of families and communities, offering a unique window into our local history. MACE’s Full Circle film search project  has uncovered hundreds of amateur films made by people from the Midlands.

Mark Young, archivist for Derby City Council organised the event as part of series of history lectures

This was a unique opportunity to view some of this unseen film archive footage of the local area and learn about the project and hear some of the stories behind the footage.

Barry Chambers brought along 200ft of 8mm footage of Midland weddings

Some people responded to our callout for more film and brought along their treasures to be preserved and a copy made onto DVD for them.

Ruth Barbar and Ann Wolverson from the Derbyshire Family History Society will pass on the callout for film to their members

If you have any film or moving image that you would like to preserve for future generations please contact senior curator Kay Ogilvie to find our more about the Full Circle project visit


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