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The People's Archive looks at how life once was here in the West. We've glimpses of life in the 40s when the milkman served your pint straight from the churn, as well as synchronised swimming at the 1955 Jubilee celebrations in Swindon!

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1st November 2005
Chris Vacher's "People's Archive - Part One"

This first film is a marvellous insight into the life of the landed gentry in Somerset in the 1930s.

The film was discovered by an enthusiast in Weston Super Mare and after some clever detective work, he found the original owner.

Points West brought them together for a film show in his cottage.

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8th November 2005
Chris Vacher's "People's Archive - Part Two"

In this second film we visit the Somerset village of Compton Martin in the 1940s.

The film shows us a rather different pace of life when anyone would help out, especially if there was a glass of cider in it!

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15th November 2005
Chris Vacher's "People's Archive - Part Three"

In the third film we recapture the oily-hands, wind-in-the-hair days of motoring in the 1940s and meet past and present members of the Cheltenham Motor Club and the Bugatti Owners Club in Gloucestershire.

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22nd November 2005
Chris Vacher's "People's Archive" Part Four

The fashions in tonight's film, which celebrates Swindon's Golden Jubilee in 1950, will no doubt raise a smile.

It was made by the town's film club and was sent in by a couple of its longest running members.

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29th November 2005
Chris Vacher's "People's Archive" Part Five

Farm machinary features in post war Somerset in some rare colour footage, and some black and white family movies filmed by a Gloucestershire man.

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6th December 2005
Chris Vacher's "People's Archive" Part Six

This film shows a Bristol scout camp in 1959. It was made by the Bedminster troop scoutmaster, and his wife sent Points West the film. The programme brought them together with Bedminster's modern-day scouts to view the film where they saw some high jinks you'd never see today!

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Other film archival links:

Points West Archive On Demand

BBC Nation on Film

British Pathe

British Movietone News

Huntley Film Archives

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