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The archive was founded and developed by Ray Johnson and is housed at Staffordshire University – forming one of the Special Collections. In addition to the original archive films collected, there are many hours of complementary video material generated by Ray to inform and enhance the period films – location filming, interviews, relevant visual materials and complete documentary video productions.

All SFA screenings are free of charge and start at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.

Please note that seats cannot be reserved - arrive early to avoid disappointment.

For more details please visit the SFA website here.

Wednesday 19 December - Potteries Museum - 7.30pm

STAFFORDSHIRE'S TERRITORIALS AND THE BREAKING OF THE HINDENBURG LINE

++ Please note alternative location and time for this screening. ++

Premiere Screening

This new film from Inspired Film & Video tells the story of how men from the 137th Staffordshire Brigade broke through German defences in September 1918 and helped bring about the end of the Great War.

Wednesday 9 January

HALMER END AND THE MINNIE PIT CENTENARY COMMEMORATIONS 2018

A record of the important events a year ago, when the village of Halmer End held commemorative events to mark the Centenary of the worst mining disaster in the history of North Staffordshire. Featuring the Centennial Memorial Walk: where over 500 people walked from the centre of the village out to the site of the Minnie Pit shaft and memorial -extracts from Voices From the Past: a moving play staged by the villagers themselves charting the day of the explosion and its aftermath as experienced in Halmer End - and A Sigh of the Coal: a play presented around the Village by New Vic Borderlines, with the disaster told by local girl Nancy Tipper and war poet Wilfred Owen (whose first published poem was Miners - written about this very disaster). Also remembering the Sneyd Pit disaster of January 1st, 1942.

Wednesday 16 January

NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE COALFIELD - THE TREETOPS TREK

This was a fund-raising DVD made to support the Donna Louise Trust. Keith Meeson of the Apedale Heritage Trust and Mining Museum walked non-stop for 60 miles in 16 hours on June 23rd, 2005, to visit every derelict site of a colliery that was STILL working in North Staffordshire 60 years ago. A champion long-distance walker in his younger days, Keith achieved this feat to raise funds for the Donna Lousie Trust. This documentary is a record of this epic walk, on which Kieth was joined by local celebrities and local people for individual stages en route. It gives historical information about the North Staffordshire coalfield and individual collieries. There are photographs of every colliery in action, plus rare archive film footage of several pits, including underground shots, plus miners reminiscences of going on shift. There will be a collection for the Donna Louise Trust after the screening.

Wednesday 23 January

80th ANNIVERSARY - 1938/9: THE LAST YEAR OF PEACE

Featuring a selection of local archive films in the run-down to the outbreak of World War 2 in September 1939 - including The Last Year of Peace by Trentham filmmakers Laurie and Stuart Day. Included are some of the first colour films of North Staffordshire - colour film being newly available to amateur filmmakers.

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