THE ALEXANDER ARCHIVE
at Nuremberg, King George V at Liverpool’s Sefton Park, the Queen
and Prince Philip in New Zealand - it’s incredible to believe that
all this was shot by just one woman on a cine camera more than 80
the death of her fiancé in the First World War, Marjorie
Alexander bought a Kodak cine camera and continued filming throughout
and raised in Heswall, Wirral, Marjorie led a privileged life that
took her and her camera all over the world.
for the first time ever, the BBC have exclusive rights to broadcast
her amazing footage. As a whole, it forms a rich social tapestry,
spanning four generations.
unique collection was nearly lost forever. After years spent forgotten
in an attic, the entire collection including the camera and projector
almost ended up in car boot sale.
film collector Steve Bate rescued the archive and embarked upon
a voyage of discovery as he watched footage spanning back as far
as the 1920s.
quality of the footage is of an amazing standard when you consider
the fact that this was a hand held camera without a tripod.
camera needed to be wound up which gave enough power to shoot only
29 seconds of film each time.
began as a hobby, became a lifetime's work and now provides an extraordinary
insight into life in the North West in an era long forgotten.