Coventry, known as the birthplace of the British motor industry and one of the major manufacturing centres of the industrial Midlands, suffered terrible German bombing during the Second World War. This culminated in a devastating raid in November 1940. Hundreds of people died and thousands of homes and buildings were completely destroyed.
Rebuilding Coventry tells the story of how the city rose phoenix-like from the ashes. Using both amateur and professional footage spanning from 1948 to 1980, these short films have been researched, narrated and produced by Zara Healy from the University of Lincoln's School of Media.
The production is collaboration between MACE and the School of Media at the University of Lincoln and is one of a series 9 DVD titles celebrating the screen heritage of the Midlands. It has been made possible by the generous financial support of EM Media through the UK Film
Council’s Digital Film Archive Fund.
Look back at memorable milestones in the city’s history, including a visit from the Queen as a young Princess to the War Memorial Park. The development of Coventry's new Cathedral, the Broadgate development and the Precinct are all documented. The building of local landmarks like the Coventry Baths, the Ring Road and Walsgrave Hospital can also be seen. The story of Coventry's flourishing car industry, once the envy of the world, is highlighted, featuring the production lines at Jaguar, Standard Triumph and Chrysler.
You can relive memories of when celebrities like Douglas Bader, Bill Haley and Morecambe and Wise visited Coventry and, for the first time ever, the story of Coventry's first Woman Lord Mayor, Pearl Hyde, is told using archive film.
The DVD also includes a short film, ‘About MACE’, a behind the scenes look at the work of MACE and the services they provide.
Rebuilding the City
Coventry's Car Industry 1969 – 1970
Coventry's Car Industry 1971 – 1980
Coventry Plays Host to the Stars
Coventry Kids at Leisure
Pearl Hyde: Coventry's First Woman Lord Mayor
When the Royals Came to Visit
Format: 1 Disc presented in a digipak with protective cover and shrink wrapped. DVD PAL.
Running Time: 65 mins
Ratio: 16:9 (Archive 4:3)
Colour/Black and White
Optional Subtitles for the Hard of Hearing