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  1. China: A Network of Communes (1977 Film)

    Producer
    Jens Bjerre
    Subject
    Geography
    Distribution
    Film (16mm)

    Shows rural and urban collective life in China as it existed before reforms drastically changed the commune structure. Shows communal organisation in a textile factory, the handling of childcare, birth...

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  2. West of Inverness (1946 Video)

    Director
    Stephen Durell
    Subject
    History
    Distribution
    Sale, Videocassette. VHS. b&w. 10 min., 2001 sale: £12.99 (inc VAT +p&p)

    A short film about the problems faced by a rural community and the increasing role for the railway. Highlights the growing dependence on the outside world for provisional and goods.

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  3. Fred Bettesworth the gardener. Part 2 (1984)

    Genre
    Biography; Serial

    Reading of second part (of 2) of the story of charismatic gardener Fred Bettesworth from 1901 until his death in 1905. Male reader not identified. Probably extracted from Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer, by...

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  4. Rural Life 2: Victorian Farming (1987 Video)

    Producer
    Nick Levinson
    Subject
    Agriculture; Sociology
    Distribution
    Off-air recording licence Sale, Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 25 min., 1998 sale: £85.00 (+VAT +p&p)

    Mechanical innovations in Victorian agriculture spread unevenly and slowly in a time when manual labour was still plentiful and cheap. Follows the grain harvest, examining the changes and their effects on...

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  5. Trial to stop church bells ringing (1981)

    Genre
    Interview

    Local villagers talk about a High Court case to try to stop the bells of the local church in Berkshire sounding at night. Male interviewer not identified.

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  6. Rural Life 1: Image and Reality (1987 Video)

    Producer
    Nick Levinson
    Subject
    History
    Distribution
    Off-air recording licence Sale, Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 24 min., 1998 sale: £85.00 (+VAT +p&p)

    Looks at three Victorian villages - Old Warden and Steppingley in Bedfordshire and Wortham in Suffolk. The Bedfordshire villages are the product of improvements made by wealthy landowners and represent...

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  7. For Your Pleasure (1970 Film)

    Director
    Derek Phillips
    Subject
    Environmental science
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 4 minutes), £9.50

    Animated film showing how ‘progress’ comes to rural England. Constable’s painting of Willie Lot’s cottage is gradually turned into a super-motorway.

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  8. Out of Town (2017)

    Subject
    Agriculture; Design
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 0 PAL, 875 minutes), £19.50

    Documentary series in which presenter Jack Hargreaves explores rural life in Britain, observing and reflecting on its character, traditions, history and folklore, and the skills that had passed from...

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  9. Letters in the Sun (1991 Video)

    Director
    Alan Rogers
    Producer
    Alan Rogers
    Subject
    Development studies
    Distribution
    Sale, Videocassette. VHS. colour. 53 min.

    Examines the questions relating to adult literacy programmes in the context of rural development. Although filmed in Bangladesh, it is concerned with the general issues raised, using Bangladesh as a case...

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  10. Twenty-Four Square Miles (194 Video)

    Subject
    History; Sociology
    Distribution
    Sale, Videocassette. VHS. b&w. 40 min.

    Made in rural Oxfordshire in the 1940s the film followed from intensive research into the socio-economic circumstances of a single 24-square-mile area. The original research was incorporated in C S Orwin’s...

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