Windrose Rural Media Trust brings its collection of popular archive films to Devizes Corn Exchange with a unique show reflecting local life in Wiltshire and surrounding counties before and during WW1, as well as on into the decades following the Armistice in 1918. Tickets: £8.50 (general), £7.50 (WANHS members)
Funding raised by the National Lottery and awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund
The Alice Cooper Dean Charitable Foundation
The Valentine Charitable Trust
From farming and industry, to high days and holidays, and the never far away military presence on Salisbury Plain, the show depicts how we lived during those inter-war years.
These fascinating and rarely seen archive films are accompanied by West Country musicians Amanda Boyd and Nick Cocking, performing a selection of traditional folk tunes and song.
Windrose Rural Media Trust has been discovering and saving old cine films of rural life in Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset for 34 years. These films are a true window on the past; the nearest thing to living history that exists.
Pre World War 1 and life during the conflict…
Life in Warminster in 1909
Troop activity in Devizes in around 1912/1913
Holidays in wartime Minehead and Weymouth
Propaganda film of Iwerne Minster showing rural life in 1918
Beyond War and into The Future… to the 1930s…
Salisbury and District Band of Hope parade from 1921
Farming the land in the 1920s
Wiltshire Industry featuring Westinghouse in the inter-war years
Military raining on Salisbury Plain in the 1920s
Beyond War and into The Future… to the 1940s…
Malmesbury Carnival celebrations in 1937
Wiltshire railways in the 1930s
Wiltshire School of Flying in 1937
Trips to the seaside – Swanage in the 1930s
The Return to War…
Evacuees in Salisbury, Civil Defence in Swindon and Wiltshire’s Dad’s army on parade