Historic film treasures help celebrate UNESCO day

Film still of the Queen Mary
The 'Queen Mary'.

A special screening of films showing women at work takes place at Glasgow Film Theatre on UNESCO World Audio-Visual Day.

The event on 27 October, presented by the Scottish Screen Archive, features historic treasures of amateur and professional film-making. Entitled 'A woman's work is never done!', the programme includes a range of subjects, such as:

  • Biscuit-making and laundry services in the 1920s and '30s
  • First World War suffragette hospitals at the front line
  • Engineering in a Second World War munitions factory
  • Learning how to use the 'Knitmaster' knitting machine
  • The expectations of a housewife and mother in the 1960s.

Rare footage of the 'Queen Mary'
As a further celebration of the UNESCO day, an early film of the liner 'Queen Mary' leaving the River Clyde in 1936 will be available online for the first time from 27 October.

Recorded by amateur film-maker James Blair, the film offers rare colour images of the world-famous liner before her wartime service. Restoration work by the Scottish Screen Archive has brought the previously faded colours back to life.

27 October 2010

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