Films showing life in Northampton in the 1930s to be put on at the museum in October

C&E offices after 1959 rebuild
C&E offices after 1959 rebuild

A film depicting life in Northampton in the 1930s and 1940s, including a look behind the scenes in the Chronicle & Echo’s former building, will be shown at the town’s museum next month.

The films, which have been selected by the Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust, will be shown during the ‘Look Back at Northamptonshire’ event on October 3.

The first part of the film shows scenes from around Northampton, including the 1935 George V Jubilee celebrations, Alderman Strickland’s shoe factory, the Northampton floods of 1939 along with footage of Northampton Victory Parades, tea drinking parties. There are also a few scenes from around 1947 of National Service training in a local park.

The second half of the film shows footage made by Northampton Cine Club, including the conversion of the building which became The Mercury & Herald and Chronicle & Echo.

The film goes behind the scenes to show the background to the news, and includes footage of the internal set up from the editor agreeing which stories to run, right through to the finished newspaper being delivered.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community engagement said: “These films offer a fascinating look at the history of our town, and shows the people who lived and worked in Northampton. It will be interesting to see how things have changed in the last few decades, and perhaps how many things have stayed the same.

“I am sure tickets will be quickly snapped up, so I would encourage people to book early as it may be some time before the footage is seen again.”

A Look Back at Northamptonshire starts at 2.30pm with an interval and refreshments between the two films.

Tickets are available for just £5 and include tea and coffee. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Northampton Museum & Art Gallery or by calling 01604 837397 Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4.45pm and Sundays noon to 4.45pm.