History, People

Bristol – as it was 70 years ago!

This is an old film from about 1951 (only 5 years since the end of WWII) which shows Bristol as it was back then. It was a different world!

“How a thousand years of history have helped the West Country capital to emerge from the blitz as a modern city of art and industry. Explore mid-century Bristol in this City Council-funded documentary journeying from Clifton to King Street; around Hotwells, the Floating Harbour, and out to the Avonmouth docks, taking stock of the city’s ‘great men’ and monuments.

This film was commissioned to promote Bristol as a destination for industry, culture and development at the Festival of Britain in 1951. Unusually for the time, it was directed by a woman – Mary Francis. Francis had a short career as a director for World Wide Pictures, but this was her last film.”

Click on the link below (note that if you don’t live in the UK you may not be able to see it as it is geo-blocked)

Bristol, British City

3 thoughts on “Bristol – as it was 70 years ago!”

  1. I enjoyed it very much, everything has changed, cars, accents dress but not the main buildings. Fascinating insight to my early childhood days.


    1. I moved to Bristol in 1959 to do an apprenticeship at the BAC. The film is just as it was then! I left in 1969 and today when I visit Bristol I hardly recognise anything and quickly get lost.


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