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Midland Railway, Buxton (c) John Morton

Past Lives – Buxton on Film

A premiere of a new film featuring unique cine footage of Buxton’s past

With live music soundtrack.

At St John’s Church, Buxton

Saturday 5th March 7.15pm

Doors open 6.45pm

Tickets from:

Buxton tourist information or online here: Online Tickets

On Saturday 5th March there will be a one time showing of Buxton Past Lives – a new film made from vintage cine footage of Buxton and surrounding areas from the 1930s onwards. The film will be shown with a live music soundtrack, composed and performed by international musicians working with young players from the Peak District Big Band and strings from Sinfonia Viva.

Over the last few months Freefall Arts have been working in the region with Buxton Museum, meeting local filmmakers, families, historical societies, archives and others to seek out and digitise home movies of the region. This event on the 5th of March is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this local footage from the 1930s to the 1970s that has never before been shown publicly.

This evocative portrait of people and places from the region includes footage of Buxton, Goyt Valley, Monsall Head, Fairfield, quarries, steam trains, carnivals, celebrations and much more.

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Midland Railway, Monsall Head (c) John Morton


Buxton Museum, a Past Lives Project Partner

Buxton Museum, Past Lives Project Partner & Exhibition Venue

In November and December 2015 we held an exhibition at Buxton Museum based on the project archives and artistic responses. We hosted workshops and activities in the space throughout the exhibition.


Our first event was a Reminiscence Vintage cafe at the United Reform Church Hall, on 14th July 2015 , the event was a great success and brought in some lovely footage and photographs. We also received an award from Buxton fringe:

Buxton Fringe Certificate

info@pastlives_emailfacebook & twitter.

2 thoughts on “Buxton

  1. HI I have cine film, mainly footage of family. One segment is of Buxton carnival 67 or 68 possibly featuring Billy Westerns first appearance. You are welcome to use it, but do we get the cine film back?- regards Helen.

  2. Hello All,
    Just wondering if anyone has footage of Buxton Carnival in 1968? My Mum was carnival queen that year and would be amazing to see any film of the day. I’ve come across other years but not 1968.


    Gareth Fletcher

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