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Travelling exhibition coming to Manchester

In Museums on May 26, 2011 at 8:45 am

I’ve just finished work on a small travelling exhibition which is going to Manchester city centre this coming weekend – Saturday 28 May. It’s all about archive film.

I curated a small travelling show for BBC Learning about the social history of Britain in the twentieth century, as told through clips of archive footage. It’s all part of a project to film a new TV show for the autumn called Reel History of Britain, hosted by Melvyn Bragg.

In each episode Melvyn travels to a different part of the UK, using a unique mobile cinema to tell the story of a different key aspect of British life. From holidays to housing, school days to the Silver Jubilee, the programme will use the British Film Institute and regional archive collections and real stories to highlight the hardships and simple pleasures of the past.

If you’re in Manchester, make your way to Albert Square between 10.00 and 17.00 to see the exhibition and perhaps even get caught on camera for the series! The part I worked on is the timeline, inside the exhibition truck – do let me know if you see it.

All the details are on the BBC website.

I’ve also written some resources for the BBC Hands on History web pages, which will be available online later in the year. It’s been great fun to learn more about the amazing film archives that exist around the country and to use a few of them for research. Power to the film archive!

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