Shropshire is a county steeped in heritage. The longest river in England, the Severn, flows through the county under the world renowned symbol of the industrial revolution, The Iron Bridge. But it is also a very rural county made up of towns and villages which have their own unique traditions and stories to tell.
Shropshire Lives, researched and produced by Neil Kendall from the University of Lincoln’s School of Media, is a compilation of short films from the 1960s and 1970s made for Associated Television’s regional news, and now preserved at the Media Archive for Central England.
These films provide a snapshot of some of the people and places of the county and a glimpse into every day lives in the period, including some of the wonderful characters who were known well in their own communities and an eclectic mix of occupations, including grass cutting, creel making and stunt horse-riding!
Among many stories, hear Harry Rogers talk of his family’s 300 year tradition of coracle making;
watch news reports from Brockton, The Wrekin and Bishops Castle; In Bridgnorth, see the Congregational Church begin to transform into the Theatre in the Steps in 1965 and look out for shots of the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway; listen to reports from 1968 and 1980 on the historic link between Much Wenlock and the Olympic Games; see Acton Scott Farm in Church Stretton prepare to open as a visitor attraction in 1975; and hear Clee Hill poet and musician, Dennis Crowther tell local yarns and sing songs to his accordion in 1978 - all through a marvellous collection of archive films preserved at the Media Archive for Central England.
The DVD also includes a short film, ‘About MACE’, a behind the scenes look at the work of MACE and the services they provide.
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