Rewinding the past in the Peak

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The North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Media Archive for Central England are pleased to announce ‘High Peak on Film’, a joint event to make their fascinating collections available to the public of the North West and East Midlands regions.

The Archives will present a public screening of films from their collections at the historic and newly refurbished Pavilion Arts Centre Buxton.

The screening will take place on Thursday 1st of December at 7.30pm.

Following on from previous ‘sell-out’ screenings of material over the last few years held by both archives throughout the regions, they present an opportunity to see a selection of films relating to this fascinating part of the country, which has strong links to both areas.

Material to be shown includes a phantom tram ride down Glossop High Street in 1912 and scenes of troops being treated in the Devonshire Hospital in Buxton during the Great War.

In Small Town see how Glossop portrayed itself to its twin town in 1959 and in Lady of Leisure follow the River Derwent from its source as far as the ‘Palace of the Peaks’ at Chatsworth. In Peak County the area was promoted in colour to tourists in this wonderful 1960s travelogue.

Explore the lost villages of Derwent and Ashopton and join a young Chris Tarrant reporting in a 1974 ATV news item on the annual Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne.

The NWFA’s Service Manager Marion Hewitt said “This is a great opportunity for the people of much of north Derbyshire to enjoy an evening with a difference, and take a look back at life in their area in the past century.”

The evening’s show will be presented by the Archive’s staff Phil Leech and Geoff Senior.

Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from the box office on 01298 72190 or on the day. The venue seats a maximum of 360.