British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

NATIONAL TRAMWAY MUSEUM

Description
British tramway history began c.1860 with horse tramways. Steam and cable trams followed and the development of the electric tramcar commenced in 1885. The modes overlapped, with the earlier propulsion systems being phased out mainly by about 1920, leaving electric tramcars dominant. Nevertheless the earlier systems survived long enough to have been captured by early cinematographers and many examples have survived. Film collecting began in 1973, sources being varied and often obscure. The earliest film dates from 1896.
Website
http://www.tramway.co.uk
Keywords
Transport; Trams and tramways; Industrial History; Trolleybuses
Access
Access available. 09.00-17.00, by arrangement only.
Facilities
Viewing on premises. Steenbeck viewing table available. Viewing copies of most titles on 16mm.
Charges
Charges for research for broadcast productions. Prices are subject to negotiation.
Copyright
Copyright resides, in most cases, with original photographer or owner.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Video/Film
Video: 129 reels/cassettes. Advertising, documentary, feature films, news and current affairs, commercially produced and retailed but using material mainly shot by amateurs.
Video components: VHS Video, S-VHS Video, hi-band U-Matic, Beta/Beta-SP, 2-inch Video.
Film: 90,000 feet. Some 450 titles showing trams from the earliest days through all aspects of development to the present day light rapid transport systems. 28% colour film, 72% black and white film. Advertising, amateur, documentary, feature films, news and current affairs, local authority and corporate visual records.
Film components: 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 35mm, positive film, negative film.

Catalogues

Card catalogue
Available, indexed.

Additional Information

Other information
New index being compiled of all known tramway footage shot, whether or not the material has in fact survived. Compiled from early film-makers’ catalogues, newsreel issue sheets and other notes received from individuals spotting items in film or television programmes. Card index in title order. Detail sheets in date order.
Conservation policy
Policy to offer any unwanted material to other interested bodies.

Main Contact

Name
Mr. Roger Benton
Job title
Member of the Board of Management
Telephone
01773-852565
Fax
01773-852326
Email
enquiries@tramway.co.uk
Address
The Tramway Museum Society
Crich
Matlock
DE4 5DP

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