Audiovisual heritage day

Scottish Screen Archive to celebrate Scotland's audiovisual heritage showcasing rare footage

A film which has not been seen in Scotland for a century will be screened at a special evening of archive film in Glasgow tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Scottish Screen Archive 26 October 2010 part of the National Library of Scotland - will show a rediscovered early silent film of Scots herring fishers in Great Yarmouth before the Great War, at a special event on Wednesday (October 27) to mark UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) established the national day in a bid to focus global attention on the importance of our audiovisual heritage, as well as its fragility and vulnerability.

The archive's evening of film, which takes place in Glasgow Film Theatre on Wednesday, is entitled 'A women's work is never done' and will showcase a century of Scotland's women at work with a fascinating collection of footage - from amateur and professional to promotional and propaganda films. They will cover a diverse range of topics including biscuit-making and laundry services during the 1920s and '30s, engineering in the munitions factory, learning how to use the Knitmaster, and expectations for the perfect 1950s housewife and mother.

Ruth Washbrook, a curator at the Scottish Screen Archive, said: 'This is a unique opportunity to see a film which has not been viewed in around a century and is a fitting choice to mark UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. We have carefully selected some fantastic footage covering all aspects of women at work over the years, providing a truly amazing insight into their lives, and I'm sure the audience will be captivated.'

The archive also plans to release other rare and re-discovered footage to mark the special day, with a spectacular amateur film which curators believe has not been seen since 1936. The film features the Cunard liner 'The Queen Mary' leaving the River Clyde after fitting out in March 1936.

Experts at the Scottish Screen Archive say it is of particular significance having been shot on 'new' 16mm Kodachrome colour film, supplies of which had just arrived in Glasgow that month - and because early colour film was both expensive and scarce, surviving sequences of colour film showing this national event are rare. The archive has worked hard to restore parts of the footage, having spent the past two years using cutting edge digital restoration techniques to return it to its former glory. From Wednesday it will be on show to the public via

This Queen Mary footage joins 16 hours of digitised content, from full length films to shorter clips, which have been newly added to the Scottish Screen Archive website. The archive is currently home to 150 complete films (viewable free of charge), as well as information on over 5,000 films in the collection.

For advance booking of 'A women's work is never done', which takes place on Wednesday at 6.15pm, visit the Glasgow Film Theatre website or call 0141 332 6535.

26 October 2010

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