Floods, asparagus and ferrets
Spent an illuminating if disorientating day in Leicester yesterday, delving through Worcestershire's past at the Media Archive for Central England. Films included some 1920s ads for local businesses produced by the Grand Cinema in Kidderminster, home-movies of floods in Worcester, news reports on asparagus-growing and carpet-making, and Chris Tarrant interviewing a man with four ferrets down his trousers. Some of this material will make its way into a tour of the county which we're organising this autumn, and happily we'll be able to screen archive footage of many of the venues which we're visiting - including, pictured from the left, the amazing 'Chinese Gothic' of Tenbury Halls Pump Rooms, the restored Forge Mill in Redditch and the Priory in Great Malvern. More info on the project and a full itinerary can be found here.