Manchester on Film

The North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University presents Manchester on Film as part of its regional touring programme. This special one-off screening will be introduced by the Archive’s Collections Assistant Geoff Senior, including footage from around the city over the past 100 years, with highlights of the city’s industries, cultures and traditions.
The featured films will show life in and around the city of Manchester including scenes from the daily life of the city’s Police in 1914, as they deal with the traffic and street incidents of the day. Look back at the Lord Mayors Parade of 1921, see the King open Central Reference Library in 1934, and learn how ‘town and country’ were interdependent in the dark days of 1943 in Summer on the Farm. From Paul Rotha’s epic 1946 film A City Speaks we see how the city enjoyed its leisure time, and join another Manchester institution as an edition of the Manchester Guardian comes rolling of the presses in 1960. The changing nature of the city is recorded in the slum clearances of Moss Side’s Late Hope Street and in a film of the final days of the City’s iconic Smithfield Fruit and Veg Market in 1973.


“This is a great opportunity for the people of Manchester to enjoy an evening with a difference, and take a look back at life in their city in the past century”  Marion Hewitt, Archive Service Manager

“The North West Film Archive is one of our region’s real gems and North West Vision+ Media are proud to support ‘Manchester on Film’, enabling local people to access a piece of their region’s past”. Alice Morrison, Northwest Vision and Media


This event runs alongside a larger initiative to make the fascinating archive collection available to the public of the North West region, supported by Northwest Vision and Media.

For further information, interview, and footage contact Geoff Senior on 0161 247 3097.

100 minutes

Country of origin:
Great Britain