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Tarrant on film in Derbyshire DVD

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

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A SPECIAL DVD capturing the history of Derbyshire during the 20th Century has been released by the Media Archive for Central England.

MACE also created the Shrovetide film which will be screened on Friday at the Empire Club, featuring archive footage of the game from 1921 to 1987.

The new DVD, Derbyshire on Film - The Peak District, focusses on the customs, industries, people and landscape of the area and combines amateur and professional films that have been preserved by the archive.

The film is available to buy and proceeds from DVD sales help to keep the archive, which is based at the University of Lincoln, up and running.

Derbyshire on Film is divided into chapters with a variety of themes and places, including Walking the Peaks, Day Trippers and Holidays, Festivals, Customs and Timeless Dovedale.

The movie also includes an ATV report by Chris Tarrant and Peter Green which was filmed on Feburary 28, 1974,

In the clip, Chris Tarrant, now better known as the host of TV quiz Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire?, is enjoying his first experience of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football.

Other clips featured in the 80 minute DVD include ATV Today’s Gwyn Richards describe the flooding of Derwent village and Ashopton to make way for Ladybower Reservoir; features on the quarrying and cutting of Blue John, memories of those who took part in the mass trespass of Kinder Scout in 1932; a look back at Chatsworth and Haddon Hall in the 1960s as well as families enjoying the Derbyshire countryside across the decades. Footage of Dovedale is also included which illustrates the everlasting nature of the famous stepping stones during the last century.

Development manager at the MACE, Emma Morley, said: “MACE is delighted to have been working with the Lincoln School of Media on the production of these compilation DVDs, which provide a snapshot of the wonderful collections of both amateur and professional material that we care for at MACE. We hope that viewers will enjoy seeing these rarely seen films as much as we have.”

The DVD is part of a nine film series entitled Midlands on Film and copies of the disc are available to buy for £14.99 online at www.macearchive.org.

The complete Midlands on Film Series includes: Derbyshire on Film - The Peak District, Nottingham on Film, Rebuilding Coventry, Made in Leicester, Shropshire Lives, Regenerating Birmingham (1955 to 1975), Worcestershire on Film, Snobs & Clowns: Northampton on Film, Footprints in the Sand: Holidays on the Coast.

Derbyshire on Film’s RRP is £14.99 and it is available to purchase in person at:

Scarthin Bookshop, Cromford

Shop in the Yard, Cromford Mills

Bookstore Brierlow Bar nr Buxton

Buxton Art Gallery

Castleton Visitor Centre

Bakewell Visitor Centre

Derby Quad

New Mills Visitors Centre

To purchase by cheque, write a cheque made payable to Media Archive for Central England for £16.49 (£14.99 + p&p) with your address and the initials ‘DOF’ and send to:

Media Archive for Central England

MHT Building

University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool



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