1940s Heritage Day at Blists Hill

On 21st June Ironbridge Gorge Museums turned their Victorian Town at Blists Hill into 1940s Evening on the Home Front ‘Blitz Hill’.

Debbie and Tony from Past Lives Project were invited to along and take part to promote the preservation and call out for cinefilm.

Here they are in their 1940s finery

Throughout the evening Debbie photographed visitors in their 1940s outfits and gave them all a free instant ‘vintage’ print to take home. Slideshow of some of the portraits:

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You can also find the photos on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PastLivesProject

Everyone loved their instant ‘vintage’ prints, lots of happy participants!

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While Debbie was taking photos, Tony was talking to visitors about our call out for cinefilm and the importance of preserving it for future generations. And promoting the Grande Finale of Past Lives Ironbridge on the 20th September 2014,  at Ironbridge World Heritage Festival.  We’ll be showing the local film we’ve collected edited into a new film of the region with live music score featuring strings from Sinfonia Viva Orchestra.

During the evening were given lots of leads for local cinefilm, we’ll be following those up shortly. Watch this space!

While chatting to the group in this photo one of the visitors spotted her grandfather in some Scouts cinefilm footage from 1960s Madley, we’re looking into the story and if we can confirm it we’ll post more information on this blog.


All in all, we had a great time, it was such a fabulous event, I hope Ironbridge Gorge Museums run some more 1940s events, we’ll be first in the queue!

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