County’s past in new collection

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A new collection of archive films, titled Derbyshire On Film:The Peak District has been compiled and produced by MACE (the Media Archive for Central England) and is now available to buy in the shop at Derby arts centre Quad.

The first in a volume of DVDs about Derbyshire to be released over the next two years, the collection focuses on the customs, industries, people and landscape of the Peak District through much of the 20th century.

The Peak District became the UK’s first National Park in 1951 following the famous Kinder Mass Trespass in 1932 and years of subsequent campaigning by ramblers to be allowed access to the Peaks’ open moors.

It covers a huge area, not all of which is in Derbyshire, and its landscape, traditions and industries are as diverse as each other.

These range from the limestone dales of the White Peak to the wilder north of the Dark Peak, the passionate frenzy of Ashbourne’s Shrovetide Football to the more sedate custom of well dressing in Tissington, and limestone quarrying in Wirksworth to cotton spinning at Masson Mill in Matlock.

Derbyshire on Film: The Peak District is a series of beautiful amateur and professional films illustrating life in this mesmerising county. The DVD offers a chance to hear ATV Today’s Gwyn Richards tell the tale of the flooding of Derwent Village and Ashopton to make way for Ladybower Reservoir; watch the quarrying and cutting of Blue John and hear memories of those who took part in the mass trespass of 1932.

There is footage of Chatsworth and Haddon Hall in the 1960s and families enjoying the countryside in the 1950s and 1960s.

The DVD features 80 minutes of colour and black and white footage with optional subtitles for the Hard of Hearing. The DVD is available from QUAD Reception and is priced at £15. For more information, call Quad box office on 01332 290606 or see www.derbyquad.co.uk