Delving in to Buxton’s past

Nurses selling cakes and produce at the opening of the new casualty ward at Buxton's Cottage Hospital
Nurses selling cakes and produce at the opening of the new casualty ward at Buxton's Cottage Hospital

A touring arts and heritage project is appealing for old cine film for a special one-off film screening.

The Past Lives Project is funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund and the group are looking for Buxton residents to submit their old film which will be digitised and archived.

Next year their will be a screening at the Opera House with a live musical accompaniment.

Chris Ellis, who is a musician and historian working on the project, said: “People may have old cine film in a loft or drawer or they have inherited something from a relative but don’t know what to do with it can come to us.

The project is partnered with archives and museums across the region to support and create local archives. Film donated to the project will be digitised for free and stored at the Media Archive for Central England.

“It is a chance to make sure old footage is never lost,” said Chris.

The project has already done films across the county but now want to look at the history Buxton has to offer.

“Village fete, or street parties nothing is too trivial, we want to know what was going on in the town decades ago.

“With how expensive film was people didn’t just take meaningless pictures they only pointed the camera at things that mattered and we want to re-capture that.”

Having been working on this project since 2014 Chris said it is very strange to see how the town has changed with different buildings, cars and fashions.

After the film has been updated the best bits will be selected and a live score will be written to go with it, so as well as old footage Past Lives Project are also looking for Buxton musicians to step forward and accompany the piece.

Anyone with footage or wanting to get involved should contact info@pastlivesproject.com