Birmingham The Way We Were
Revisit the Bull Ring of old with its street traders, flower sellers and the Market Hall, with and without its roof. Relive the heyday of the tram with some remarkable colour film. The motor car soon took over and we hitch a ride around the city centre in the 1950’s, when New Street was still open to traffic, and Dale Forty and Lewis’s were in their pomp.
Our film collection also shows the huge diversity of the city’s industries and that working conditions in the 30’s and 40’s were rather different from today. We have early film of a host of small manufacturers and giants like the Austin, Dunlop and Cadburys.
Wartime films include the ‘evacuation of city children, extraordinary footage of ARP wardens in action and street celebrations for VE Day. Royal occasions were a popular subject for early film makers and we see Brummies turn out in force for the Coronation of George VI, the Kings visit in 1948, and the visit of Princess Elizabeth in 1951.
Marbles in the street, sledging on the Lickeys and strolls in Cannon Hill Park are among the other film highlights included and all are accompanied by a lively commentary to set the scene.
‘The Way We Were in the 1950s’ DVD
Newsreel footage recalls some of the events that defined the decade and a unique collection of amateur cine film captures scenes of everyday life to present this affectionate look back at the way we were in the 1950s.
The DVD takes an intimate look at life in the 50s; coping with rationing, a traditional family Christmas, and holidays by the seaside. As the decade progressed, a plethora of new gadgets found their way into our homes, many of us acquired our first car, and the teenager came of age, with new dance crazes and flamboyant new fashions.
The Way We Were in the 1950s also remembers some of the highs and lows of the decade; the Coronation of a new Queen; the first four minute mile, the opening of first motorway; the Suez Crisis and the Munich Air disaster.
This entertaining DVD will bring memories flooding back for anyone who grew up in the 1950s, and your enjoyment of the film will be enhanced by the popular music of the age.