The North West Film Archive

I had a very exciting trip to the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University a few weeks ago and have been able to compile a small showcase of three very special films of Smithfield Markets in their collection from the early 1900s and the 1970s. I think the aerial shot of the markets around 4 minutes is really something, but really all of it brings to life the stories collected over Collecting History these last few weeks.

Footage courtesy of the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University with additional thanks to Salford University for use of the final black and white film.

The Markets and Food Suppliers of Manchester
Smithfield Market Manchester 1853 – 1973
Smithfield Market 1973, copyright of Salford University

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One thought on “The North West Film Archive

  1. This is fabulous! It’s really inspired me to get cracking making my piece for Crafting History (i.e work made in response to Manchester Craft & Design Centre Collecting History exhibition and this blog). Tear in the eye when they started demolishing the roof (9.40) and at the eerie scenes of this once bustling market empty but for rubble, broken glass and a forgotten receipt and cash register.

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