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Dean Clough Mill, Halifax
Dean Clough in Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England, is a group of large factory buildings built in the 1840s–60s for Crossley’s Carpets, becoming one of the world’s largest carpet factories (half a mile long with 1,250,000 square feet (116,000 m2) of floorspace). After years of declining production it closed in 1983, when it was bought by a consortium led by Sir Ernest Hall which developed the Grade II listed site for various commercial and cultural uses. It is now seen as a leading example of successful urban regeneration. Dean Clough is located on the north side of Halifax near the Victorian North Bridge and the modern flyover sections of the Burdock Way relief road system. The converted mills now house about 150 large and small businesses and arts venues including Crossley Gallery and several other art galleries and the Viaduct Theatre, home base for the Northern Broadsides theatre company. Phoenix Radio 96.7 FM has its studios in D Mill. In 2012, a 35-foot long model of the factory is being made out of Lego.
Established in 2014 and based within the former mills of Dean Clough in Halifax, this provides the main storage facility of the PPT’s collection and a central Northern base, sitting alongside Liverpool and the other North West regional locations.
If you would like to get involved with the PPT in Halifax the please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Milton Keynes MuseumA small area within the main Milton Keynes Musuem displays a selection of projection equipment along with local cinema history from the area. This is looked after by Peter Tipping.
Chris O’Kane is the Projected Picture Trust Co-Ordinator for out Scotland region, which has only been going for a few years. More details and photographs will be added here shortly, but Chris is looking for volunteers and new members in the Scotland area to get involved with a number of projects.
Mike Taylor is Regional Co-ordinator for the North West since 1984. Mike has been a member of PPT for 26 years.
Birkenhead Town Hall,Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, Wirral Merseyside Sadly the Birkenhead Town Hall film club screenings (formally known as Wirral Museum) are no longer. PPT Projection equipment is still on site. New Management have now taken over the Town Hall, so there is every possibility that the film club could re-commence sometime in the future. The 35mm projection equipment was installed by Mike Taylor, North West Regional Co-ordinator and his team of members, and whilst being the property of the Trust, it is still fully maintained by Trust members. The projectors are run and tested weekly. The equipment, a pair of Westar 2000 1A 35mm projectors complete with Century soundheads and Westar bases, were donated to the PPT by the Civic Hall Aylesbury. There are two Peerless Magnarc Arc Lamps, which have been converted to Xenon. These were donated to the PPT by 20th Century Fox. The cinema in (what was) Birkenhead Town Hall.
The Battle of the Atlantic MuseumThe Museum features a Projection room, and a projector used by Sir Winston Churchil The Gaumont Kalee Dragon projector was originally installed to show secret footage to Sir Winston Churchill in London. This same projector is now installed in the “(Liverpool) Battle of the Atlantic Museum”. Kalee Dragon 35mm projector supplied courtesy of PPT “During the Battle of the Atlantic, some merchant ships carried Spitfires and Hurricanes whichwere launched by catapult. More often than not outside of the range of an aerodrome, so that the pilots, mission completed, had to ditch and hope they were plucked out of the sea before they drowned or died of exposure. So by no means was The Battle of the Atlantic, was a Navy show We lost ships in convoy that probably would have escaped torpedoes if they had sailed independently and at their top speed, as the Queen liners did. But merits of convoy far out weighed disadvantages. City of Benares torpedoed 56 degrees, 43 minutes north, 21 degrees, 50 minutes west, sinking, proceed immediately. The position was 200 miles from us. We reached it on the afternoon of September 18th. First we saw a raft, there were two girls on it in pajamas and a man with a smashed leg. One of the girls lay almost senseless, her hand clutched by the man. They had been on that raft, drenched by the sea, chilled by an icy gale and stung by hale stones for 19 hours. We saw an upturned boat. Two school girls were clinging to it. There was a boy aged 9 sharing another raft with two men, one of them with his head split open. How can you not weep when you see something like that. The little boy on the raft, he was a Londoner, Jack Keely. When he was carried up the netting, which had been flung over the destroyer’s side, he grinned and said “I say, thanks very much”. You stand abashed at courage like that. Scotland’s Secret Bunker A PPT owned GB Type N (N=Navy) portable 35mm is on show, which was used previously at the bunker
Armley Mills Industrial Museum LeedsThis very important museum set in the heart of Leeds, UK within which are representative examples of all the projectors manufactured by A.Kershaw & Son Ltd, Leeds. The name for the range of projectors started as Kalee and finished as Gaumont Kalee (GK). The factory closed in 1980 whilst operating under the name Rank Optics. The Trust were able to help the museum complete their exhibition by loaning a GK21 35mm projector complete and having the famous “elephants foot” unique base. Click for further information about Armley Mills.
Exhibition Hall at Armley Mills LeedsG.K21 Elephant’s Foot Ex Regal Edmontan LOndon. Now property of the PPT Trust
Astra Cinema, Imperial War Museum, Duxford CambridgeshireThis was our first real location where we were able to have our own projection equipment up and running for the benefit of members and the public. Access to the Imperial War Museum Aircraft Museum, Duxford gave automatic entrance to the Astra Cinema. This arrangement has now ceased since the north side of the site has become more security sensitive. However, the cinema still has the facilities to show film and does so for restricted museum personnel. The equipment installed at present is a pair of Philips FP20 35mm projectors complete with Philips sound and Peerless Magnarcs, converted from Carbon Arc to Xenon.
Astra (PPT Cinema) Duxford
The PPT are always on the look out for other regional centres to open.