Archive films give amazing insights into how Bradford lives were lived - VIDEO

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Winston Churchill visits Bradford Winston Churchill visits Bradford

The Telegraph & Argus is sponsoring a series of films to be shown during the Bradford International Film Festival which show times gone by in Bradford in astonishing detail.

The films are from the CH Wood collection, which was acquired by the Yorkshire Film Archive in 2010 and comprises thousands of hours of fascinating footage going back to Victorian times.

The films were shot over eight decades by the CH Wood company, a family photography and film-making firm in Bradford, and comprise a unique moving record of life as it changed and evolved over many years.

Graham Relton, archive manager at the YFA, said: “It’s about the changing life, landscapes and culture of Bradford really. I’m hoping to show films people won’t have seen before.”

In this exclusive excerpt from the archive  you can seeextraordinary colour footage of Winston Churchill visiting Bradford and giving his famous V for Victory sign.

As part of the Film Festival, there will be two 90-minute showings of gems from the archive, sponsored by the T&A, at the National Media Museum on April 17 and Bradford Cathedral on the April 19.

Perry Austin-Clarke, editor of the Telegraph & Argus, said: “This is an absolutely stunning collection of films which give an amazing insight into how life was lived in Bradford down the years. Some films show major events that many people will remember while others provide a record of life that is lost to living memory – including rare images of what was Town Hall Square in 1897, when Bradford became a city.

“The Telegraph & Argus, as the chronicler of life in Bradford and district for almost 145 years, is proud to sponsor these showings of films that bring alive history in such an exciting way.”

Delights at the two showings also include footage of Bradford City Football Club in the 1940s, local people on coach trips to the seaside, drag racing and speedway at Odsal stadium, and the changing face of the city centre.

For more details about the showings visit www.bradfordfilmfestival.org.uk

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10:40am Fri 8 Mar 13

Albion. says...

Those were the days when Bradford meant business, now it's just ruin where criminals mean business.
Those were the days when Bradford meant business, now it's just ruin where criminals mean business. Albion.
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10:46am Fri 8 Mar 13

alfierowe says...

well said albion, :@)
well said albion, :@) alfierowe
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11:30am Fri 8 Mar 13

justjustice says...

Someone should make a modern version should just how bad Bradford has become!
Someone should make a modern version should just how bad Bradford has become! justjustice
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11:45am Fri 8 Mar 13

RollandSmoke says...

Oh it's nice to have a story about the Prime Minister visiting the region that we can actually comment on. Can we be allowed to comment on David Cameron's visit or have you had orders not to allow them?
Oh it's nice to have a story about the Prime Minister visiting the region that we can actually comment on. Can we be allowed to comment on David Cameron's visit or have you had orders not to allow them? RollandSmoke
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12:12pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Bradford now is not a patch on it's past.

How I wished I lived in a Bradford of 30 years ago.
Bradford now is not a patch on it's past. How I wished I lived in a Bradford of 30 years ago. Thee Voice of Reason
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1:49pm Fri 8 Mar 13

webess says...

Doesn't seem it's possible for the T&A to ANY story without the usual suspects sticking their oar in with their moaning.

Getting back to the actual story. I wonder if the material will be put online at some stage?
Doesn't seem it's possible for the T&A to ANY story without the usual suspects sticking their oar in with their moaning. Getting back to the actual story. I wonder if the material will be put online at some stage? webess
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2:56pm Fri 8 Mar 13

vikksy says...

It should be on-line for prosperity, as you will never see the likes of our once beautiful city again
It should be on-line for prosperity, as you will never see the likes of our once beautiful city again vikksy
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11:58pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Not so simple says...

Albion. wrote:
Those were the days when Bradford meant business, now it's just ruin where criminals mean business.
The criminals on the streets or the ones known as the council...maybe you mean both
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Those were the days when Bradford meant business, now it's just ruin where criminals mean business.[/p][/quote]The criminals on the streets or the ones known as the council...maybe you mean both Not so simple
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