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‘Derby on Film’ Arrives in your Local Library

Derby on Fillm DVDs

The first batch of ‘Derby on Film’ DVDs have been sent out to a selection of libraries around Derbyshire and are available on general loan. The DVDs have a mixed selection of film and cover a wide range of subjects from limestone quarrying to bread making. Copies of the DVDs will also be available at Matlock Record Office, Matlock Local Studies and Chesterfield Local Studies for library use only.  The libraries are:-

  • Ashbourne Library
  • Alfreton Library
  • Long Eaton Library
  • Bakewell Library
  • Mobile Van
  • DVD0007 Derbyshire Villages:- Footage from all over Derbyshire from around the 1950s, this shows villages like Edensor, Monsal Dale, Lathkill Dale and Dove Dale. It also has a good selection of farmers markets, parades and sports. This DVD has no sound and is mainly in black and white, the picture quality varies.
  • DVD0017 High Peak Rail:- showing footage of steam trains from the late 1950s. This film shows the end of steam as Dr Beeching reforms come into to force with a farewell to the Cromford and High Peak Special and Birmingham to Birkenhead routes. This DVD has no sound and is in colour.
  • DVD0022 Long Eaton Co-operative Society:- A mixed selection of footage from the 1930s showing the building and opening ceremony of the Emporium, the 1934 Long Eaton Hospital Carnival,  and local fairs and celebrations. This DVD also has footage of a mobile hardware store, ‘Staff of Life’ showing bread making from the field to the plate and Meadow Lane Diary. The DVD has no sound and is in black and white.
  • DVD0035 Buxton Limestone Quarrying:- Well put together silent footage of limestone quarrying techniques in the 1930s. Showing removing the limestone from the cliff face, loading and moving the stone, all the way to spreading the finished product. The DVD has no sound and is in black and white, the picture quality is good.

Three more DVDs will soon follow, with more footage of Derbyshire including illegal street gambling in Chesterfield, well dressing in Wirksworth and Derby County football.


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