This first in a volume of DVDs on Derbyshire to be released over the next 2 years focuses on the customs, industries, people and landscape of the Peak District through much of the twentieth century.
The Peak District became the UK’s first National Park in 1951 following the famous Kinder Mass Trespass in 1932 and years of subsequent campaigning by ramblers to be allowed access to the Peaks’ open moors. It covers a huge area, not all of which is in Derbyshire, and its landscape, traditions and industries are as diverse as each other, From the limestone dales of the White Peak to the wilder north of the Dark Peak; the passionate frenzy of Ashbourne’s Shrovetide Football to the more sedate custom of well dressing in Tissington; and limestone quarrying in Wirksworth to cotton spinning at Masson Mill in Matlock.
Derbyshire on Film – The Peak District is a series of beautiful amateur and professional films illustrating life in this mesmerising county.
Hear ATV Today’s Gwyn Richards tell the tale of the flooding of Derwent Village and Ashopton to make way for Ladybower Reservoir; watch the quarrying and cutting of Blue John; Hear memories of those who took part in the mass trespass of 1932; look back at Chatsworth and Haddon Hall in the 1960s and families enjoying the countryside in the 1950s and 1960s; Marvel at how little Dovedale has changed since the 1930s through a selection of films taken through the decades of the famous stepping stones- all through a marvellous collection of archive films preserved at the Media Archive for Central England.
Format: 1 Disc presented in a digipak with protective cover and shrink wrapped. DVD PAL.
Running Time: 80 mins
Ratio: 16:9 (Archive 4:3)
Colour/Black and White
Optional Subtitles for the Hard of Hearing
DVD Clip (Dovedale Chapter):
Images from the DVD:
Top: A Horse Drawn Plough at Great Hucklow (Winter 1935)
Bottom: Skiing in Edale (Winter 1964)